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Security alert: Pipe-bomb thrown into car in Strabane a 'reckless act'

Published 20/05/2015

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The suspicious object thrown into a car which sparked a security alert in Strabane was a viable pipe-bomb device.

The security alert in Innisfree Gardens in Strabane has now ended.

The pipe-bomb type device was thrown into a car early this morning and police are appealing for information.

Army bomb disposal experts were sent to the scene and a number of houses were evacuated.

The Area Commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said this was a reckless act.

“There can be no justification for incidents of this type.

“Attacks like this put anyone nearby at risk and I would appeal to the local community to help with the information that we need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This was a totally reckless act and showed no regard for the safety of anyone in the Innisfree Gardens area.

“The operation lasted some eight hours and caused a considerable amount of inconvenience to those who had to move from their homes or were unable to go about their everyday business.

"This inconvenience was unavoidable in order to ensure that we established what the suspicious object was as safely as possible.”

Detectives in Strabane would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area last night or early this morning.  Information can be given on the police non-emergency number, 101, or by calling the Crimestoppers Charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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