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Boy (18) is charged over dawn pipebomb attack on home as family slept

A TEENAGER has been charged over a pipebomb blast at a south Dublin house.

The 18-year-old, from Tallaght, was brought before Dublin District Court this week to face a number of charges in relation to the explosion, which took place at a house in Ballyboden last Saturday morning.

The explosion occurred when a pipebomb was thrown through a window into a ground floor room at the property. The device, which was well made, exploded and caused significant damage to the room.

There were a number of people in the house at the time, but no one was injured in the 7.30am incident.

Gardai confirmed that a family was upstairs in bed at the time of the attack, at the house at Whitechurch Place.

The incident led to a major security alert in the area and the call-out of the Army's bomb unit to the scene.

A technical examination of the remnants of the device was carried out, before the parts were handed over to the Garda Technical Unit for further examination.

Gardai conducted a search of the area in the wake of the attack and two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were arrested. They were questioned under section 30 of the Offences Against The State Act.

The 17-year-old was released without charge, but the 18-year- old was charged with a number of offences and brought before the court last Tuesday. He was remanded to a future sitting.

Last weekend's explosion was the latest in a number of pipebomb attacks in the capital to date this year.

The Army is currently being called out to such incidents at a rate of four a week, with 26 callouts in the first two months of this year.

Most of the alerts have been hoaxes, however.

Recent figures revealed how gardai made arrests in less than a quarter of such alerts last year. Army bomb experts have had to deal with a vastly increased number of hoax callouts in recent years.