Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Police escape injury in bin blast

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Police in Northern Ireland have escaped injury after a bomb in a bin exploded.

Officers were called to reports of an illegal parade in Lurgan, Co Armagh, when they were targeted on Saturday afternoon.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described those responsible as anti-peace extremists who were living in a fantasy world.

"Bomb in Lurgan has to be condemned. Anti peace extremist living in a fantasy world. Attack futile. Won't change a thing. No going back," said Mr McGuinness via Twitter.

The no-warning explosion happened at about 3pm at the junction of North Circular Road and Levin Road.

The finger of blame has been pointed towards dissident republicans who have been behind a number of shootings and bombings in recent weeks.

John O'Dowd, Sinn Fein MLA in Lurgan, described the attack as stupid and said it was fortunate that police or locals were not hurt.

"Thankfully no-one was injured. They had a very, very lucky escape. The bin was completely destroyed and if anyone had been near it they would have been maimed or killed. Those who planted this device showed no regard for the local community, for the police or for the supporters who were watching the Easter parade.

"These so-called dissidents need to come out and explain exactly why they are doing this. The planting of this device along a busy road on one of the busiest days of the year was not only callous it was stupid," Mr O'Dowd said.

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