A viable device placed in the Co Armagh vaillage of Whitecross could have “led to tragedy” if the alarm had not been raised, according to one local MLA.
The device was found on Ballymoyer Road in Co Armagh on Monday evening.
Police and ammunition technical officers took the viable device away for further examination.
The road has since reopened following the alert.
SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty condemned those responsible for the alert and said people in the area should not have their lives disrupted in such a manner.
“I would urge everyone involved in planting this viable device to cease this kind of activity at once and get off the backs of the local community. We are lucky that the alarm was raised before a member of the public came across this device, which could have led to tragedy,” Mr McNulty said.
“I’d like to thank police and ammunition technical officers for their efforts in removing this device.
"This security alert caused significant disruption in the Whitecross area with the Ballymoyer Road being closed for a number of hours. People in this community should be able to live their lives without having to worry about unwelcome interruptions caused by incidents like this.”
Police are appealing to anyone with information, or who witnessed anything suspicious, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1701 of 23/05/22.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.