Northern Ireland

GAA club explosion reports probed

Police are investigating what the cause of damage to a garage door of a GAA club in Dungannon was.

Local people reported hearing an explosion in the area of Killyman St Mary's GFC at Drumaspil Road shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

After a search of the area, police removed a steel pipe for examination.

A spokesman said at this stage no conclusive evidence of an explosion has been found.

Earlier this week, police investigated a warning that bombs had been left at five GAA clubs in County Tyrone. Nothing was found.

A security alert at another club near Dungannon, which started on Thursday evening was declared a hoax.

Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy said there appeared to be a campaign to target GAA clubs.

"It seems fairly clear that there is an orchestrated sectarian campaign under way against GAA clubs.

"The GAA have warned all the clubs to be on alert," he said.

"I would urge everyone to be vigilant in the time ahead as it seems there are those who are intent on seeking to heighten community tensions through these sorts of attacks."