Newry security alert: Detonated explosive device found on Barracric Road
The security alert in the Barracric Road in Newry, Co Down has ended after an detonated explosive device was found .
No one was injured in the blast. The Barracric Road and the railway line between Newry and Dundalk have reopened.
Army technical officers examined a suspicious object and confirmed that a viable explosive device had detonated in the area.
Parts of what is believed to be remnants of the device have been taken away for further examination. No damage was caused and there have been no reports of any injuries as a result of the explosion.
Inspector Lorraine Dobson said: "I would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this operation.
"We are keen to hear from anyone who noticed any activity on the Barracric Road in recent days or anyone who has any information to contact Detectives in Ardmore Police Station on the non-emergency number 101.
"Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
The Ministry of Defence confirmed one of its vehicles on the way to the alert had broken down at Sprucefield, near Lisburn. It said there was no delay to its response.
The incident is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the last two weeks.
Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process have been blamed for the spate, with the upsurge in activity believed to be an attempt to disrupt the election.
Bombs have detonated near Army and Probation Office facilities in Londonderry while in north Belfast there have been two attempts to blow up police officers.
There have been no injuries.
Sinn Fein representatives have also been targeted, with some subject to death threats and bomb warnings.
The home of the party's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was hit by paint bombers and cars belonging to other members were torched.
Officers have stepped up patrols in a bid to thwart the extremists.