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A pipe bomb which injured a child was left outside a Newtownmountkennedy property

A pipe bomb which injured a child was left outside a Newtownmountkennedy property

A pipe bomb which injured a child was left outside a Newtownmountkennedy property

A five-year-old boy has been seriously injured after picking up a pipe bomb left outside his family home.

The youngster, known locally as PJ Duffy, was in surgery all day after he had four fingers on one hand and three on the other seriously damaged in the blast.

Detectives are trying to find a motive for the attack, which happened at his home on Sycamore Drive, Newtownmountkennedy in Co Wicklow.

The child was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital after he picked up the device and it exploded in his hands.

"It will be a long time before he gets out of hospital," said a source.

His mother is understood to have been at his bedside all day.

PJ also suffered blast damage to his face, which is believed to be less serious than his other injuries.

"He came out of his house at around 8.30 this morning and he saw the device," the source went on.

"He didn't know what it was and he picked it up. It exploded immediately."

It is believed the explosion was heard from 100 metres (328ft) away.

PA