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Officer injured by Cork explosive

An Army bomb disposal expert has been slightly injured trying to defuse a makeshift explosive left in a housing estate.

Hundreds of residents were evacuated during the overnight operation to make safe the device left underneath a vehicle outside a home in Ballyvolane in Cork city.

They had to be accommodated at a local church.

An Army bomb team arrived on the scene shortly before midnight on Sunday and it was decided to defuse the device by hand because it was difficult to get at with the bomb disposal robot.

A Defence Forces spokesman said; "It was during this procedure, whilst lying close to the vehicle, that the device detonated and the team leader was injured at approximately 12.45am."

The officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to Cork University Hospital as a precaution where he remains under observation. A second bomb disposal officer completed the mission and the area was declared safe shortly after 2am.

Gardai said they have arrested a man in connection with the incident at Mervue Lawn, in Ballyvolane.

The suspect, in his 30s, was detained at the scene and is being questioned under the Offences Against the State Act at Mayfield Garda station.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes in the early hours of Monday.

Garda technical experts were forensically examining the car this morning.

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