Fears of tit-for-tat campaign after pipe-bombers strike at GAA club
Fears are growing of a fresh spate of tit-for-tat attacks on cultural buildings in Co Tyrone after a suspected pipe-bomb explosion at a GAA club.
A garage door was damaged after the incident at Killyman St Mary's clubhouse near Dungannon on Wednesday night.
People living close to the club, which is situated on the Drumaspil Road, had reported a loud explosion shortly before midnight.
It is understood a device – described as a cylinder-type steel pipe – partially exploded close to a gas tank.
The incident came after a bomb warning led to searches of GAA halls across the county earlier in the day. A group calling itself the Mid-Ulster Volunteer Force said it was behind the attack.
Killyman chairman Colm McVeigh said the device had partially exploded, piercing a hole in the steel garage door.
“The device landed near a gas tank and if it had gone fully off the consequences could have been devastating,” he said.
The suspected explosion comes after two attacks on Orange halls in the east Tyrone area in recent days. Bonn hall near Pomeroy was destroyed in an arson attack, while Ballinderry Orange hall was also targeted by vandals.
Sinn Féin MLA Francie Molloy claimed there was an orchestrated sectarian campaign against GAA clubs in the area.
“The GAA have warned all the clubs to be on alert,” he said.