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'There was blood all over the lady's fence and door': Chaos in Enniskeen after bomb explosion

Ralph Hewitt


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The scene of an explosion in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

The scene of an explosion in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

The scene of an explosion in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon. (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Chaos descended on the Enniskeen area of Craigavon on Tuesday night as a man injured in the bomb explosion banged residents’ doors screaming for help.

After the device exploded, the man began shouting, ‘I’ve been shot’, according to residents.

Locals attempted to treat the severe injuries to the man’s hands by wrapping tea towels around his wounds before he was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

One resident said she has lived in the Enniskeen area all her life but had never seen the blood-soaked man before.

“He banged the door at the end of my row and the police have it cordoned off because there was blood all over the lady’s fence and door,” she explained.

“After the bomb went off, he was banging doors shouting for help and shouting, ‘I’ve been shot’.

“He must have been in shock.

“Neighbours came out to try and help him and they started wrapping towels and T-shirts around the wounds on his hands.”

Armed PSNI officers patrolled the scene yesterday morning as they expanded the police cordon in an effort to find out what happened.

In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, surrounding residents were told to evacuate their homes.

One young family, who had just returned yesterday morning, said they had to leave without a change of clothes for their young baby.

“I thought someone had thrown fireworks in a bin originally but I didn’t want to go and look,” said the lady.

“I had the baby in my arms and I near dropped her it was that loud.

“We were asked to leave the house and we had to go and stay at our relative’s house.

“It was very scary at the time.”

The nearby St Saviour’s Church offered those in need the use of the church hall until the alert was over.

Rev Myrtle Morrison said she was happy to help in any way she could.

“There were two families who came here,” she said.

“We just made them cups of tea and had the heating on.

“It was all very relaxed but you could see they were getting very tired.”

Other residents in the area told of their shock after hearing the “very loud bang” from the explosion.

Another added that the attack “wasn’t fair” on those who live in the home where the bomb was planted.

Belfast Telegraph


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