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Police believe Keady fire and bomb alert linked

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image captionArmy bomb experts have been at the scene since Tuesday afternoon

Police believe a fire in Keady, County Armagh, at the weekend was an attempt to lure officers into an ambush and is linked to an ongoing bomb alert.

A number of families have been moved from their homes after a suspect object was found on the town's Castleblayney Road on Tuesday.

Just after midnight on Sunday a section of fencing in the area was set alight before being put out by firefighters.

Police have appealed for information about both incidents.

Six houses have been evacuated after a beer keg which had wires attached to it was found by a member of the public on the Castleblaney Roadon Tuesday.

It is understood a bomb warning was received the day before.

Army bomb experts and police remained at the scene overnight.

Police cordoned off a five-mile stretch of road after the object was found.