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Old explosives and mortar found in separate finds in Belfast and Co Tyrone

Police and forensic officers examine a suspect device in the City Cemetery in west Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann
Connla Young

SUSPECTED explosives and a home-made mortar have been found in separate security operations over the past week, it has emerged.

The PSNI has confirmed that what was originally described as old munitions in a non-viable state found in the City Cemetery in west Belfast is believed to be gelignite, while an improvised mortar was discovered in Co Tyrone.

A security alert was launched at the City Cemetery last Tuesday after the discovery of a suspicious object.

It is believed to have been gelignite, which police say "will be subject to testing to confirm".

The explosive is thought to be decades old.

Meanwhile, the mortar was found at Galbally, near Dungannon.

A PSNI spokesman said the “old improvised device” was discovered by workmen digging in the area last Wednesday.

Police believe it “had been in the ground for some time” and could be more than 20 years old.

Police have also confirmed that ammunition found in Cookstown last month dates back to the Second World War.

At the time it was reported that badly corroded bullets were found in the Oldtown Street area of the town which were decades old.

The PSNI has now confirmed the ammunition found in an alleyway beside an estate agent's is estimated to date from the war period.

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