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Police brand those behind Co Armagh pipe bomb ‘reckless'

Police are appealing for information
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Those responsible for a pipe bomb left in a residential area of Co Armagh showed a “blatant disregard for the lives of others”, police have said.

The incident occurred in the John F Kennedy Park area of Bessbrook late on Thursday.

It was first reported to police after neighbours heard a loud bang in the area.

Families were evacuated as ammunition technical officers made the viable device safe.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Shortly before 10.50pm on Thursday, police received and responded to a report that a device had been left in the John F Kennedy Park area.

“A small viable pipe bomb type device was made safe by ammunition technical officers who also carried out searches in the area.

“The device has since been taken away for further forensic examinations.

“Families in the area who were evacuated as a safety precaution, to allow police to conduct a public safety operation in the area, have since been allowed to return home.

“This was a completely reckless act and those responsible have shown a blatant disregard for the lives of others.

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

“I am also keen to thank local people for their support and patience as we worked to ensure the area was safe.

“Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and police would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them.”

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