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Pipe bombers target Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein has been targeted by pipe bombers in Co Tyrone.

Offices in Cookstown and Cllr John McNamee were the intended victims, the party claimed.

One device near Sinn Fein offices in Burn Road appeared to have exploded and a second was discovered in Mr McNamee's neighbour's garden in nearby Arthur Street over the weekend.

Assembly member Michelle O'Neill said: "Everyone in this community should be able to go about their daily business free from the fear of attack or intimidation.

"John is well-respected across this town and I know that this will not stop him representing the people of Cookstown."

Police said the Burn Road in Cookstown was closed to traffic on Sunday following the discovery of a suspicious object. A number of residents were moved from their homes.

The alert ended at approximately 4.30pm. A viable device was recovered and removed for further examination.

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