Northern Ireland

Pipe bomb left at GAA club in Ahoghill, County Antrim

A security alert at a GAA club in the County Antrim village of Ahoghill has ended.

SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said a pipe bomb detonated overnight on the grounds of Clooney Gaels GAA on the Crosskeys Road.

It caused scorch damage to the outside wall of a building on the grounds, and broke a window.

Police said the remains of a crude pipe bomb type device had been taken away for examination.

Mr O'Loan said the damage was discovered on Saturday morning by a club member.

He described it as a "shocking and very serious incident".

"This was a real bomb which damaged the building and could have caused serious injury or death to anyone handling it," he said.

'Disgraceful'

"I have no doubt that it was a deliberate attack on a GAA club from a loyalist source.

"It is disgraceful that those who work hard at this superb club which involves hundreds of young people in healthy sporting activities should be targeted in this way."

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay condemned the attack and described it as "sectarian".

"Such attacks belong in the past and no one wants to see any more of these attacks or any tit-for-tat attacks in response to this," he said.

"I would encourage people and other clubs in the area to be extremely vigilant, and anyone with information relating to the attack or any suspicious activity to bring it forward to the police."