Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Bomb left near special needs school

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A dissident republican explosive device has been discovered near a special needs school in Northern Ireland, police said.

The bomb in Lurgan, Co Armagh, was designed to kill or maim anybody nearby, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) added. The security alert has ended and the device removed for forensic examination.

Extremists opposed to the peace process have been active in the town over recent years.

Chief Inspector Anthony McNally said: "This device was designed to kill or maim anyone close by, police officers or local people alike.

"Those responsible showed blatant disregard for the local community and put the lives of local people, indeed local children at risk.

"We are very fortunate no-one was killed or injured."

Ceara School in Lurgan was evacuated during the alert.

Principal Dr Peter Cunningham said the disruption had been "immense".

"We were able to prevent the children coming to school because we have a texting service, so we were able to do that very quickly when the PSNI told us to close the school," he told the BBC.

"But by that time our children had their uniforms on waiting in their houses all over the Lurgan, Craigavon and Portadown area.

"Our children just don't understand - when they get their uniforms on, it's time to go to school.

"When the bus doesn't come our children, especially those who work under a very strict routine become very anxious, so we have lots of anxious children and equally anxious families."

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