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Gardai make car bomb safe in city centre

A VIABLE pipe-bomb was removed from a car in Dublin's city centre last night.

ARMY bomb experts were called to the scene in Dublin 8 after the deadly device was reported.

The pipebomb was discovered in a car parked at James' Walk off Thomas Street shortly before midnight, gardai said today. The area was cordoned off by gardai and an army explosive ordinance device team was called to the scene.

A Defence Forces spokesman told the Herald the team began working on the extraction of the device from the car at 1.30am.

The team successfully removed the device from the car without having to carry out a controlled explosion.

The area was declared safe at 3am. The spokesman said the device "had all the components" to make it a potentially viable bomb but further tests were being carried out today to ascertain if it was, in fact, viable.

Elsewhere, two specialist units searched a pond at Dublin's Phoenix Park yesterday where it is believed an IRA unit dumped a potentially deadly bomb.



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Detectives from Cabra Garda Station in Dublin called in the force's water and dog units to search the pond and island in the middle of the park, following the discovery of the 45lb bomb late on Monday night.

Specially trained sniffer dogs were brought in to search the parkland, while Garda divers carried out an extensive search of the water for any clues. The bomb, which had a kill radius of more than 150 metres, was left in a milk churn on the island and was discovered by a member of the public around 8.20pm.

Gardai believe it was left there by dissident republican terrorists who were planning to use it in an attack on the North.

The bomb is currently being examined by Army and Garda experts in Dublin's Cathal Brugha Barracks.

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