Saturday 23 September 2017

Residents evacuated as army deal with explosive device near homes

File photo: The area was declared safe at 1.45pm.
File photo: The area was declared safe at 1.45pm.

Cian Murray

The army were required to disarm a viable explosive device in Kildare earlier today.

The Defence Forces deployed the Army Bomb Disposal Team on request from An Garda Síochána after a suspect device was found in Athy, Co Kildare.

The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived at 12.45pm and rendered a viable improvised explosive device (IED) safe at the scene.

A number of houses were evacuated to ensure the safety of the residents.

The area was declared safe at 1.45pm.

The device was then removed to a secure military location for further examination.

Material has been handed over to An Garda Síochána to assist them with their investigation.

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