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Police say device made safe in Co Fermanagh

Police said the device, which was discovered in the Lough Shore Path area of Enniskillen, has been taken away for examination.
Connla Young

THE PSNI has said that a small and "potentially viable" device has been made safe in Co Fermanagh following a security operation.

Police said the device, which was discovered in the Lough Shore Path area of Enniskillen, has been taken away for examination.

Earlier this week the Continuity IRA claimed to have fired shots at Enniskillen PSNI station and said that a device had been left in the area.

Ammunition technical officers attended the scene yesterday. Chief Superintendent Andy Freeburn said the "device was small and crude, but potentially viable, and it has been taken away for further examination".

"We believe that this reckless act is the work of violent dissident republicans and should be condemned by all," he said.

Mr Freeburn said the "device was left on a pathway, which is frequently used and enjoyed by members of the public, including people fishing, local boat owners, parents and children.

"Those responsible have shown blatant disregard for the life of others and our community," he said.

"Their actions are reprehensible and are not supported by the local community."

The Continuity IRA said it fired shots at and left a device close to Enniskillen PSNI station on Monday.

Police later said that after "a thorough search and proactive policing operation was carried out, with nothing untoward found in the Shore Path area, and no reports of any shots fired at the police station."

The PSNI also advised people "to be aware of any suspicious objects located in the border area" following a report referencing the Cavan Road and Clones Road areas of Newtownbutler.

There were no updates available last night.

In January the Continuity IRA claimed to have fired shots at a PSNI helicopter in the nearby Wattlebridge area.

The PSNI later said it had no helicopters in the area at the time.

Meanwhile, a security alert has been launched in Castleblaney Road area of Keady after the discovery of a suspicious object in the area.

The PSNI said no roads were closed although an area of the Castleblaney Road has been cordoned off as police "conduct enquiries and work to make the scene safe".

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