Police are on high alert after dissident republicans were suspected of planting an explosive device close to a police station in Co Armagh.
Just a day after a device was discovered under the car of a PSNI constable, a pipe-bomb was found close to the gates of a police station in Tandragee, near the homes of elderly residents, yesterday morning.
Residents were evacuated from their homes for a number of hours while Army technical officers examined the object, which was later declared a viable device.
The Tandragee incident happened just five days after another pipe-bomb device was found in the Mid-Ulster area.
The suspicious object left in the Toberhewny Hall area of Lurgan on Boxing Day was also declared a viable pipe-bomb device by Army bomb experts.
Newry and Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin condemned those behind yesterday’s incident.
“This is a very concerning incident especially in a rural town like Tandragee and it is especially concerning when so many residents, many of whom are elderly, have had to leave their homes while this suspect device is dealt with,” he said.
“No one in Tandragee wants this type of disruption, and indeed, considering the threat to our police officers remains so high at the moment, having devices left at police stations is extremely reckless and totally abhorrent.
“Young families also go for walks out the Armagh Road and pass the station gates, which only adds to the risk this device could have posed.”