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Cloney Gaels GAA club premises damaged by bomb

By Michael McHugh

A crudely assembled bomb that exploded at a GAA ground caused minor damage, police have said.

A window was broken and an outside wall scorched at the Cloney Gaels premises in Ahoghill, Co Antrim. The suspected pipe bomb was removed for further examination.

Ballymena Borough SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said a pipe, two batteries and timers were found by a member of the club yesterday morning after a neighbour heard up to three bangs.

Mr O'Loan said: "This was a real bomb which damaged the building and could have caused serious injury or death to anyone handling it.

"I have no doubt that it was a deliberate attack on a GAA club from a loyalist source."

It exploded at the Acorn community centre housing the Cloney Rural Development Association within the club grounds.

A PSNI spokeswoman said it was a "crude bomb-type device".

"It caused scorch damage to the outside wall of the building and also a broken window. It has been taken away for examination," she said.

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