A viable explosive device has been discovered in a residential area of Craigavon.
Army technical officers who attended the scene at Carrigart Manor today made the device safe.
PSNI inspector Leslie Badger condemned those behind the foiled attack.
"This is a residential area and we are all extremely thankful that this device was detected and that no one was killed or seriously injured," he said.
"The consequences had this device detonated do not bear thinking about. Obviously the people responsible have little regard for human life."
Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said school children could have encountered the device.
"This is in an area where there is a primary school and which is a heavy residential area," said the SDLP representative.
"People are shocked this has happened.
"It is a stark reminder of the Troubles and the past which no one wants to be reminded of, and for which there is no support. Thankfully the device was detected and made safe, but whoever is responsible has absolutely no regard for the community and the people who live there.
"I condemn those responsible and I would urge anyone with information to contact police."
Officers have urged anyone with information about the incident to come forward.