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Saturday 16 December 2017

Lockdown after 'pipe bomb' found under prison officer's car

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Robin Schiller

An investigation has been launched after a suspected pipe bomb was discovered under a car belonging to a prison officer.

The sinister find was made yesterday morning at the officer's north Dublin home, and gardaí believe the man's line of work is linked to the incident.

Last night, examinations were being carried out on the suspicious device to determine if it was viable.

An investigation has also been launched by the Irish Prison Service, while the prison officer in question is receiving security advice from gardaí.

The discovery was made shortly before noon yesterday at a property in Marino. The suspicious device was underneath the man's car, and gardaí were immediately alerted.

A large part of the estate was cordoned off, while a number of nearby homes were also evacuated. The Army's bomb squad arrived at the scene shortly before 3pm and carried out a preliminary examination of the device.

A controlled explosion was not carried out and the suspected pipe bomb was removed to a Dublin barracks, where more detailed inspections will be carried out.

A source said the find was "very sinister" and detectives believed that it was a "blatant attempt to intimidate" the officer.

A Garda spokeswoman said that the matter was under investigation and that further examinations of the device would be carried out.

Jim Mitchell, the deputy general secretary of the Prison Officers' Association, said: "This incident shows that prison officers do not work in a typical nine-to-five environment.

"This shows the dangerous nature of the job, and the risks associated with the role they perform."

Irish Independent

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