A bomb was at the centre of a security alert in Camlough yesterday, according to SDLP Assembly member Justin McNulty.
Police closed off the Newtown Road at Camlough Lake, just outside the Co Armagh village yesterday morning following the discovery of a suspicious beer keg.
Mr McNulty said the planting of the device was a "reckless act that has no support in the local community, and, it could have claimed lives".
"This is mindlessly reckless and has to be condemned. Those responsible are deluded if they think they have any support for their actions," he said.
"This crude and viable device was left at one of south Armagh's most popular beauty spots. It could have killed. It is frightening to think there are those in our community hell bent on dragging us back to the dark days of our past.
"I have spoken with senior police officers and conveyed my disgust. This isn't the first incident of this type, just last week a similar device was found at Clay Lake outside Keady."
The DUP MLA William Irwin MLA also hit out at those that planted the "beer keg explosive" device.
Mr Irwin said: "This is yet another reckless incident which is bringing yet further disruption and indeed risk to people in the area. I understand that the device is being examined by technical teams and hopefully this device can be safely dealt with.
"It certainly is worrying to see and it has obviously been designed to injure or kill."