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Family narrowly escapes injury in ‘despicable’ pipe-bomb attack

A toddler has narrowly escaped injury in a pipe-bomb attack in Co Antrim.

A device exploded close to a car on the Brokerstown Road close to the Ballymacash estate in Lisburn at about 9.30am yesterday.

A man, woman and child aged two-and-a-half were |travelling in the vehicle at the time of the blast. It is understood the family have no connections with the security forces.

Last night a spokesman for the PSNI said it was unclear if the device had exploded as the car drove past or over it, or whether the bomb fell off the vehicle.

The scene was sealed off for much of yesterday while Army Technical Officers examined the area.

Fragments of the pipe-bomb were also removed for forensic examination.

Paul Givan, DUP MLA in Lisburn, described the attack, which happened close to a primary school of 350 pupils, as “despicable”.

“It does not matter what the thinking was,” he said.

“To place a pipe-bomb on the road or to attach it to a vehicle is a completely mindless act.

“The family involved will be completely traumatised. These sorts of attacks should be confined to the past.”

Meanwhile, Alliance MLA and chairman of the Lisburn District Policing Partnership Trevor Lunn said the family had a very lucky escape.

“These people need to wise up. They have absolutely no support.”

Police are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Brokerstown Road |area in the 24 hours before 9.30am yesterday to call 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph