18/02/2019

Pipe Bomb Explodes In Craigavon

A young family have escaped injury after a pipe bomb exploded at a house in Craigavon.

Police received a report at around 11.45pm on Saturday evening, 16 February, prompting a security alert in the Enniskeen area of the town.

A second pipe-bomb device was also discovered.

A female and a number of young children in the house at the time were not injured, and no damage was caused to the property.

ATO were tasked to the scene, with the remnants of the device declared as viable.

Residents in the area were evacuated but have since returned to their homes.
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PSNI Detective Sergeant Foley said: "This was a reckless attack by those responsible, and we are extremely fortunate that we are not dealing with any serious injuries, or worse today.

"Anyone could have picked up these potentially deadly devices, and those behind the attack have clearly no regard for the safety of the others.

"I want to thank all those who were affected by the alert for their patience as we worked to make the scene safe. I appreciate the disruption this caused to residents who had to leave their homes, however, keeping people safe is our priority and we will not take any chances."

Detectives in Lurgan are appealing for witnesses following the incident, and urge anyone who was in the area on Saturday evening and saw any suspicious activity to contact them on non-emergency line 101, quoting reference number 1611 of 16/02/2019.



(JG/CM)

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