Belfast Telegraph

Mortars found in south Armagh security alert

By Joanne Sweeney

Two mortar-type devices have been found during a security alert in Cullyhanna, Co Armagh.

The alert was sparked yesterday by the discovery of a suspect object near the border village.

The Sheetrim Road remained closed this morning between the junctions of Bog Road and Kiltybane Road.

Army bomb squad officers are continuing their examinations.

"Members of the public are asked to avoid the area and seek alternative routes for their journey," a PSNI spokesperson said.

The discovery came two weeks after police issued an appeal to the public to report anything suspicious in the nearby area.

A major security operation impacted on Cullyhanna's neighbouring town Newtownhamilton three years ago when a car containing a suspect device was investigated by security forces, causing the evacuation of 60 families from their homes.

This more recent security alert is the second in as many days this week. A suspect device in Mill Road, Newtownabbey – later declared a hoax – was found on Monday evening.

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