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Crude pipe bomb behind Cushendall 'loud bang,' say police

PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Police believe a crude pipe bomb was behind a "loud bang" heard in the village of Cushendall on Wednesday night.

It was thought the incident was an attack on an apartment in the Mill Street area at around 11.10pm.

Police said damage was caused to the door of a property, a wall and two cars parked nearby.

On Thursday a "detailed examination" was carried out at the scene with remnants of the suspected pipe bomb recovered and taken away for examination.

Police said they were still working on a motive.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said residents in the area are "totally opposed" to any kind of violence.

“I was shocked by reports of an attack on homes in Cushandall last night and immediately contacted the police into the early hours of the morning to establish what had happened," she said.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at around 11pm last night to come forward and help police with their investigations.”

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna added: “Following a detailed examination of the scene of the incident on Mill Street I believe the damage was caused by a crude pipe bomb type device.  A number of remnants of the device have been removed for further examination.

“Detectives are working to establish a motive for this incident and I am continuing to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night, between 11pm and the time the incident was reported to us, and who saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference number 2334 03/07/19.

"Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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