Northern Ireland

Newry explosion: Three pipe bombs found after house targeted

The police and Army carried out a search of land close to Parkhead Crescent
The police and Army carried out a search of land close to Parkhead Crescent

Three pipe bombs and ammunition have been discovered during a security operation in Newry, County Down.

It follows searches in Parkhead Crescent in the city after another device exploded outside a house in Patrician Park, off the Dublin Road.

A family of five escaped injury in that attack at about 21:20 GMT on Wednesday.

The family members, including a couple and their three grown-up children, were at home at the time but were not hurt.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) representative said the Parkhead search was being conducted as part of an investigation into serious crime.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: "I am happy that these potential pipe bomb type devices and ammunition have been taken off the streets of Northern Ireland.

"The public can rest assured that we will continue to serve the community of Newry."

The attack in Patrician Park caused damage to the family-of-five's house and a car parked outside the property.

The SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA, Dominic Bradley, said two pipe bombs were thrown at the property and he described it as a "senseless" attack.

'Enemies'

Army bomb disposal officers and police were called to the estate and they cordoned off Patrician Park for about three hours while the scene was examined.

A PSNI spokesman said a motive for the pipe bomb attack had not yet been established and appealed for anyone with information about it to contact officers.

In a statement, Mr Bradley said: "This house is in a quiet residential area and this was a senseless attack for which there is absolutely no justification.

"It could easily have caused injury or death.

Police were called to Patrician Park following reports of an explosion at a house on Wednesday night

"Those behind this attack are enemies of our community and anyone with any information should contact the police immediately."

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