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Pipe-bombers may have targeted wrong house

Police forensics at the scene of a pipebomb attack on a house in Mill Street, Lambeg Picture Mal McCann

A pipe bomb attack close to homes at Mill Street in Lisburn is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity.

While a criminal gang is thought to have been behind the pipe bombs which caused damaged to a property in Lisburn, police believe they may have targeted the wrong house.

Residents reported hearing two loud explosions shortly after 2am yesterday.

The PSNI said two pipe bomb type devices had detonated outside a house. A number of residents were evacuated while a search of the area was carried out.

Chief Inspector Jonathan Wilson said it was "an indiscriminate and reckless attack and we are extremely lucky that we are not dealing with any fatalities".

"People should be able to feel safe within their own homes, but unfortunately there are those within our community who have total disregard for the sanctity of life", he said.

"They do not have any place in our society, they are not representing anyone other than themselves.

"I totally condemn this wanton act of destruction, however any words of condemnation are of little comfort to those affected by this heinous act. Actions like this have an impact on the whole of the community".

SDLP MLA Pat Catney said said it was a "disgraceful attack on a settled and peaceful community".

 

"Those behind this attack on people in Lisburn are coward and criminals. They sneak in under the cover of darkness and plant bombs with the sole intention of maiming and murdering people.

"This is an area that I walk through almost every day. It's just incredible to think that people here could come under attack in this way", the Lagan Valley MLA added

 

"I would appeal to anyone with information about this attack to come forward to the police."

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