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Saturday 19 April 2014

Pipe bomb parts found near church

Police are examining component parts of a viable pipe bomb which was found in Ballyclare

Parts of a pipe bomb have been discovered near a Catholic church in Northern Ireland.

The alert disrupted mass at the Sacred Heart church in Ballyclare, Co Antrim, on Friday morning.

Parish priest Fr Eugene O'Hagan, said the incident was disappointing.

"We had scheduled to have mass at 9.30 this morning on the feast of St Brigid with our own primary school, that of course did not take place," he added.

"There is disruption for us but also it has caused huge disruption for the townsfolk here in Ballyclare."

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman said the security alert in the Doagh Road area of Ballyclare was over.

"No controlled explosions were carried out however component parts of the viable pipe bomb type device have been removed for further forensic examination," she added.

Press Association

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