Saturday 17 March 2018

Boy undergoing tests after pipe bomb blast

Tom Brady Security Editor

A young boy, who suffered serious injuries when he picked up a pipe bomb left on the front doorstep of his home, was last night undergoing further medical tests.

Five-year-old PJ Duffy remained in a serious but stable condition at Crumlin Children's Hospital in Dublin.

He has lost three fingers on one hand but doctors are hoping to save damaged fingers on the other.

The boy also sustained wounds to one eye and other parts of his face as well as injuries to his body and legs.

Local gardai are being backed up by detectives from the Special Branch and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation as they try to establish a motive for the attack.

The device was left outside the Duffy home at Sycamore Drive in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, some time between 9pm on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.

Gardai said last night they were following a number of lines of inquiry. They said an examination of the remains of the pipe bomb indicated it was not the usual crudely constructed device and contained a more sophisticated element.

Irish Independent

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