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Three injured in Armagh bomb attack

Three people were injured after a bomb exploded outside a police station in Northern Ireland, police said.

The blast happened at the Newtownhamilton police station in County Armagh at around 11.25pm on Thursday night.

Three people were taken to hospital in Newry, but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police were alerted by a call to a Belfast hospital that a vehicle had been abandoned in the area and were en route to the scene when the device exploded.

Homes in the area were evacuated and Newtownhamilton High School was opened up for residents.

A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "Police were made aware that a vehicle had been abandoned in the area after a telephone call was received by a Belfast hospital at around 10.30pm.

"Police were en route to the scene at the time of the explosion."

Nearby properties were damaged in the blast and the town centre was cordoned off.

Ten days ago, a device inside a vehicle was defused outside Newtownhamilton police station.

It came soon after a Real IRA car bomb exploded outside the regional headquarters of M15 in Holywood, Co Down.

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