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Pipe bomb attack ‘wasn’t sectarian’

A pipe bomb attack that caused significant damage when it exploded inside a Dungannon home is not being treated by detectives as sectarian.

The PSNI said it is working on a motive for the attack on the house in the Windmill Court area of the Co Tyrone town, as local politicians raised the possibility of “anti-social elements” being involved.

The device was thrown through the kitchen window of the property shortly before 1am yesterday.

It is believed the window was smashed before the bomb was thrown into the room and exploded, causing substantial damage to the kitchen.

No one was in the house at the time and no injuries were reported.

The man who lives at the house is believed to have been at home with two friends until less than an hour before the attack.

It is understood he has gone to stay with relatives.

Fifty residents had to leave their homes and take refuge in a near-by community centre while Army Technical Officers ensured the area was safe.

Dungannon and South Tyrone UUP councillor Walter Cuddy — who runs a business in Dungannon — said that there have been a number of problems with anti-social behaviour in the area in recent years.

“There has been an anti-social element in the area for the last number of years,” Mr Cuddy admitted.

“I’m not certain of the motives behind the attack, but obviously such an incident is to be condemned.

“Thank goodness nobody was hurt, although there was quite a bit of damage caused.

“These kind of incidents can raise tensions in an area and I would call for calm.

“If anyone has any information about this, then I would ask them to contact the police immediately, as that is the only way it can be ultimately resolved.”

A motive has yet to be established for the attack, although it is not believed to have been sectarian.

Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police in Dungannon on 0845 600 8000.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously through the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph