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Family home targeted in hoax pipe bomb attack in Ballymoney

The family home in Ballymoney was attacked with a brick before a hoax pipe bomb was thrown into the property
John Monaghan

A FAMILY in Co Antrim have escaped injury after their home was targeted in a hoax pipe bomb attack.

A brick was used to smash the front window of the house in Carnany Park in Ballymoney on Friday night before the device, later confirmed to be a hoax, was then thrown inside.

It is understood that a family with two young children lived at the property. They discovered the broken window and device after waking up on Saturday morning.

It has been reported that the North Antrim UDA was behind the attack.

DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey described the attack as "mindless".

"To place young children and their parents in such danger is despicable," he said.

Detective Sergeant Leighanne Miller said: "While the security operation was ongoing, it was necessary to evacuate a number of nearby homes as a safety precaution. This obviously caused disruption to the weekend routine for many families and older people."


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