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Sunday 22 July 2018

Health care professional drives away with viable explosive device in box after it was sent to office

Gardai in Balbriggan are investigating
Gardai in Balbriggan are investigating

Sean Nolan

A viable explosive device was sent to an Irish health care professional's office - and sat in the building for 24 hours - before the unsuspecting recipient drove away with the dangerous package.

The person, who works in the field of family and children's wellbeing, only became aware of the highly dangerous situation they were in when they arrived at another location.

There they opened the box that was addressed to them to discover it contained an explosive device.

At that stage they contacted gardaí, who alerted the Army.

The Bomb Disposal team attended the scene and carried out a controlled explosion on the device that they have described as viable.

The person the bomb was addressed to is known to be of very good character and it is not known at this stage why the device was sent to them.

A person familiar with the situation, which unfolded in recent weeks, told Independent.ie that the worker's colleagues are very concerned by the incident.

A spokesperson for the person's employer refused to comment.

Gardai said they are investigating the incident.

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