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Monday 18 December 2017

Bomb found in vacant apartment

Pat Flynn

Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on a "crude but viable" explosive device which was discovered in a vacant apartment yesterday.

The apartment complex and a town square were evacuated after the suspect device was discovered by gardai in an apartment in Shannon, Co Clare.

The alarm was raised at around 12.30pm while officers were carrying out a routine patrol at the Kincora apartment complex in Shannon Town Centre. Some 30 of the 40 flats in the building are occupied, however gardai regularly visit the building to ensure the 10 vacant apartments are secure.

It was during one of these routine visits that gardai discovered what they believed to be a suspect device. The building was quickly evacuated as additional gardai were drafted in.

A cordon was thrown around the building which is just yards from the busy Skycourt shopping centre.

The Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team based at Collins' Barracks in Cork attended the scene and carried out a controlled explosion of the devise at the scene.

A garda spokesman said: "We believe the apartment has been vacant for about nine months and we are now investigating how the device came to be there.

The device was found in an apartment on the fourth floor of the six-floor complex.

Irish Independent

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