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Suspected pipe bomb explodes in Co Armagh

Police have appealed for information
Jonathan McCambridge, PA

Police are appealing for information following the explosion of a suspected pipe bomb in Co Armagh.

The incident occurred at the John F Kennedy Park area of Bessbrook late last night.

Inspector Stevenson said: “Shortly before 10.50pm on Thursday, 27 January, 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.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and police would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them on 101."

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