Belfast Telegraph

Police appeal over 'viable' device

A detonated explosive device has been found in Northern Ireland, police have said.

No one was injured in the blast in Newry, Co Down.

The incident is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the last two weeks.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process have been blamed for the spate, with the upsurge in activity believed to be an attempt to disrupt the election.

Bombs have detonated near Army and Probation Office facilities in Londonderry while in north Belfast there have been two attempts to blow up police officers.

There have been no injuries.

Sinn Fein representatives have also been targeted, with some subject to death threats and bomb warnings.

The home of the party's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was hit by paint bombers and cars belonging to other members were torched.

Officers have stepped up patrols in a bid to thwart the extremists.

In the latest incident, a security alert was triggered by the discovery of a suspicious object near Barracric Road in Newry.

The railway line between Newry and Dundalk in the Irish Republic was closed as Army bomb disposal experts examined the scene.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland tonight said the object was a "viable explosive device" that had already detonated.

PSNI inspector Lorraine Dobson said no damage was caused and there had been no reports of any injuries.

"I would like to thank the public for their cooperation during this operation," she said.

She asked for anyone who had noticed suspicious activity in the area over recent days to come forward.


From Belfast Telegraph