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Sunday 18 February 2018

Pipe bomb detonated in village

Police said a pipe bomb has exploded in Bessbrook, Co Armagh
Police said a pipe bomb has exploded in Bessbrook, Co Armagh

A pipe bomb has exploded in a village in Northern Ireland, police said.

The device was detonated in the Ardaveen area of Bessbrook, Co Armagh, just before midnight.

There were no reports of any injuries.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said Army technical experts had been called to the scene.

It is understood the pipe bomb was thrown at a van parked outside a house in Ardaveen Park and caused minor damage to the vehicle.

A forensic examination has been carried out. The attack is not believed to be terrorist-related.

A PSNI spokesman said detectives were working to establish a motive and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley said it was fortunate no-one was injured.

"I condemn those responsible for the detonation of this pipe bomb at Ardaveen, a quiet residential area, last night... had the circumstances been different, someone could have been killed or seriously injured by this device.

"I don't know what these people hope to achieve. The use of violence is wrong regardless of the context."

Press Association

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