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Booby-trap bomb in Craigavon was hidden inside concrete block

Police released images of the booby-trap device

A booby-trap bomb left in Craigavon by the Continuity IRA was hidden inside a concrete block.

The device was placed in the Tullygally Road area near to where PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll was killed by the group after police were lured into an ambush in 2009.

Officers were initially called to the scene after a loud bang was heard in the area at around midnight on Friday.

The Irish News also received a claim that a horizontal mortar had been fired at a passing police patrol but had "missed its target”, “leaving “a warhead in the vicinity”.

A metal tube was later found near a bus stop, but police later said no mortar was fired and the events were staged to bring officers into the area.

They revealed yesterday that the bomb was contained in a hollowed-out concrete block, which appeared to have been left close to a metal tube.

Detective Superintendent Richard Campbell said the bomb "was placed and designed to explode if moved or touched" and "this was clearly designed to kill anyone who lifted or moved the device”.

He said this had to have been manufactured somewhere and asked anyone with information about activity in an outbuilding or garage in recent days or weeks to contact detectives.

He also appealed to anyone who saw any unusual activity or vehicles acting suspiciously in the area of Tullygally Road on Friday night or in recent days or weeks to get in touch.

A suspicious person was seen running away from the area of the bus stop, near where the device was found, at around 11.45pm on Friday night, the detective added.

The person was between 5' 6" and 5' 9" tall, of slim or medium build and believed to be aged in the late teens or early 20s.

They were described as wearing a light grey or beige long-sleeved hooded top, with the hood up and face covered.

The individual was reported to have gone from the bus stop into open ground that borders the Tullygally Road, Aldervale flats and Drumglass Estate in an area known locally as the Black Path.

The detective said: "I would appeal to anyone who saw this individual in the area or in the wider Craigavon area on Friday night or early Saturday morning to please contact my detectives."

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