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Two separate pipe bomb attacks in Northern Ireland - explosions in Armagh

The scene at Rasharkin Village where a pipe bomb was thrown through a window
The scene at Rasharkin Village where a pipe bomb was thrown through a window

Police are investigating two separate pipe bomb attacks in Northern Ireland with one incident resulting in two devices exploding at an Armagh home.

Damage was caused to the front door of the property in Windmill Avenue, Armagh at around 11.30pm. Three adults inside at the time were unhurt.

Police are working to establish a motive.

In a second separate incident, police have revealed a pipe bomb was thrown through the window of a home in Rasharkin with another left on a windowsill on Tuesday evening.

Police and the Army bomb squad were at the scene on the Moneyleck Park area for most of the night as examinations went on. Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

It is not thought to be linked to the Armagh attack at this time.

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan condemned the Windmill Avenue attack and called for anyone with information to contact the PSNI

“Two pipe bombs exploded at a house in Windmill Avenue while three people were in it," said Mr Boylan.

“These devices put residents’ lives at risk. I’m relieved that no one has been hurt.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police.”

Inspector Colin Ash said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience in giving us time as we dealt with the incident.

“Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1321 of 16/04/19.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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