Belfast Telegraph

Loyalist group behind pipe-bomb condemned

Politicians have condemned a loyalist group which claimed responsibility for a pipe-bomb attack this week.

The device, which did not explode, was found in the garden of a house on the Ballymena Road, Carnlough, on Wednesday.

Bomb disposal officers were called to the house and removed the object, which police have described as viable.

Following the incident, a paramilitary group calling themselves the Loyalist Action Force contacted a Belfast newsroom claiming they were behind the attack. In a separate incident, seven homes were evacuated when a suspicious object was found at The Roddens, Larne. It was later declared a hoax.

Local politicians were united in their condemnation of the pipe-bomb attack. DUP East Antrim MLA David Hilditch described it as a “very worrying development”.

Alliance MLA Sean Neeson said: “I sincerely hope this is not a return to past violence. This group must be utterly condemned.”

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