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Timers attached to pipe bombs which exploded in Ahoghill

Police say it's too early to say who was behind attack

Police have said two pipe bombs which exploded in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, had timers attached.

The blasts happened at two different addresses in the Brookfield Gardens area at around 2am on Thursday.

Damage has been caused to the front of two homes, however, no one was injured.

Residents were evacuated from their homes and police sealed off the area to allow Army bomb disposal experts to investigate the scene.

Chief Inspector Simon Ball said: “The pipebombs were left outside the homes of two men and both devices had timers attached.

"Pipebombs can be deadly devices in their own right, but the use of the timers made them particularly dangerous for the community at large.

“Thankfully no one was injured as a result of the explosions. However, significant damage was caused to the front of one property in particular.

“While it too early to say if any paramilitary organisation or group was behind these incidents, we do not believe at this stage that the attack was motivated by sectarianism or racism.”

Chief Inspector Ball appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

The incident has been condemned.

Sinn Fein councillor for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Patrice Hardy said it was fortunate no one was injured or killed.

She said: "Those behind these incidents cared little for the community they attacked.

"While endangering life we also now have families evacuated from their homes.

"I would appeal for anyone with information or who saw anything suspicious last night to bring that to the PSNI.

"Those behind such attacks need to be taken off our streets."

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