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Saturday 19 August 2017

Bomb disposal unit called in as 'improvised' shotgun discovered at cemetery

Bomb Disposal Unit
Bomb Disposal Unit

David Kearns

A team from the Army’s Bomb Disposal have disarmed a ‘viable improvised firearm’ discovered in a cemetery in County Longford.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon shortly after 1:30 pm after Gardaí were alerted to a suspicious device in the village of Ballymaccormick.

A cordon was established and the road adjacent to the cemetery was closed while members from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team examined and confirmed that the improvised shotgun was viable.

The 'viable improvised shotgun' was later handed over to Garda “to assist them with their investigation”, an army spokesperson said.

The scene was declared safe at 2:20 pm.

Garda confirmed an investigation into the improvised firearm was ongoing.  

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