Residents in shock as pipe bomb explodes
GARDAI were last night investigating a pipe bomb that exploded underneath a 4x4 beside a former nursing home.
The device went off yesterday at 1.45am on Holy Cross Avenue, beside the former New Haven home, on Clonliffe Road, on the northside of Dublin.
The pipe bomb was planted between the two wheels on the passenger side of the maroon coloured vehicle.
The blast burst a number of tyres, blew off a footstep on the 4x4 and also damaged the bumper and other parts while shrapnel from the device became embedded in a nearby wall.
Detectives were last night trying to determine a motive for the attack.
Locals described a "terrifying blast" which shook houses and set off alarms in the usually peaceful area.
An Army bomb disposal team later removed the remains of the device for further analysis at a secure military post.
Gardai from Fitzgibbon Street station removed three cars from the scene while they carried out a forensic examination.