27/02/2018

Security Alert Ongoing In Lisburn

A security alert near Lisburn is ongoing after two pipe bomb type devices exploded outside homes on Tuesday, 27 February.

Loud bangs were heard in the Mill Street area of Lambeg at around 2.20am.

A number of residents have been evacuated from their homes and the area remains sealed off.

A third device was made safe by the Army when it failed to explode.

No-one was injured.

The public have been advised to avoid the area.

SDLP Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney condemned the incident.
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He said: "Those behind this attack on people in Lisburn are coward and criminals. They sneak in under the cover of darkness and plant bombs with the sole intention of maiming and murdering people in this quiet and settled community. It's a disgrace.

"This is an area that I walk through almost every day. It's just incredible to think that people here could come under attack in this way.

"A number of residents remain evacuated this morning in the island centre. I've visited them and they're clearly shaken by what has happened here. I want to put on record my thanks to the council staff who've been so helpful.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about this attack to come forward to the police. This is so out of the ordinary for this community, if anyone saw or heard anything suspicious, please come forward. It's the only way we’ll bring these thugs, who were set on murder and mayhem, to justice."

(CD/LM)


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