26/02/2015

Man Injured After Bomb Explodes

A man has been injured in Co Armagh after a bomb exploded.

It is understood the man was attempting to remove a poster from a lamppost in the Corliss Road area of Crossmaglen a device exploded.

He suffered injuries to his hands and body, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The Blaney Road and Corliss Road closed for several hours following the incident and the site was examined on Thursday. Police have said parts of what is thought to have been an exploded pipe bomb have been removed for further examination.
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Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has condemned those behind the attack. He said the attack followed "a campaign of intimidation in the South Armagh area against local people who have taken huge personal risks advocating accountable policing with the community".

He added: "I condemn the bomb attack on Frank McCabe Jnr which has left him seriously injured in hospital and my thoughts are with him and his family.

"This bomb attack was carried out by an organised criminal gang in the North Louth/South Armagh area. This was attempted murder and was an attack on the peace process and an attempt to intimidate the entire community of South Armagh and North Louth.

"The family targeted are among a number of people who were recently told by police they were under threat from a criminal gang which has been masquerading as Republicans."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

(JP/MH)

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