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Pipe bomb explodes at Northern Ireland business park

PSNI describe attack as reckless with potential for injury high

A pipe bomb has exploded at a Northern Ireland business park.

It happened at around 1am on Saturday morning at the Abbey Business Park off the Mill Road in Newtownabbey.

Police said the device was thrown in the grounds and exploded but was not discovered for some time until security staff came across the debris.

It was reported to police at around 5pm on Saturday and they attended with army bomb squad officers to ensure the area was safe for the public.

There were no reports of any injuries and the remains of the device taken away for forensic examination.

Detective Sergeant Robinson said: “The Business Park is a busy commercial zone within a densely populated residential area and the potential for injury was very high due to this reckless act.

"I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Antrim on 101 quoting reference number 931 18/02/17. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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