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Andre Shoukri may have been blast bomb target

High-profile loyalist Andre Shoukri may have been the intended target for a blast bomb device found in Newtownabbey.

The incendiary containing a pipe-bomb and two litres of flammable liquid was found at a house in Glenvarnagh Drive, Ballyhenry, yesterday afternoon.

A number of other houses had to be evacuated while Army bomb experts made the device safe. Two balaclavas were also found in the bathroom of the house, which is close to a local primary school.

Shoukri, who was expelled as UDA ‘brigadier’ several years ago, was recently released from prison where he was serving a sentence for extortion and blackmail.

It is understood he has been seen in the Ballyhenry area in recent weeks.

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