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Pipe bomb attack on Lisburn home 'indiscriminate and reckless' - mum and child escape injury

Residents evacuated from nearby homes during incident at Mill Street, Lisburn

Police described a pipe bomb attack on a Lisburn home as "indiscriminate and reckless".

Two pipe bombs exploded outside the house on Mill Street at around 2.20am on Tuesday.

Residents were evacuated from nearby homes for most of the day. They have since been allowed to return to their properties and the road reopened.

A young mother and a child were in the home at the time. No one was injured.

DUP councillor Jonathan Craig said the woman and child had moved back to her parents' home.

"There has been total disbelief that something like this has happened in a quiet residential area and this has happened out of the blue.

"This could have been so much worse. It has been a harrowing day for the families involved and they are deeply traumatised by what has happened."

Police initially thought three devices were involved with one not exploding. However, after examination of the scene they said there were only two devices involved.

Chief Inspector Jonathan Wilson added: "This was an indiscriminate and reckless attack and we are extremely lucky that we are not dealing with any fatalities.

"People should be able to feel safe within their own homes, but unfortunately there are those within our community who have total disregard for the sanctity of life. They do not have any place in our society, they are not representing anyone other than themselves.

"I totally condemn this wanton act of destruction, however any words of condemnation are of little comfort to those affected by this heinous act. Actions like this have an impact on the whole of the community.”

The police officer appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 quoting reference 86 27/02/18.

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