Explosive device targeting police discovered in Armagh 2 years ago

Explosive device targeting police discovered in Armagh

The device was found late on Friday night.

The PSNI have confirmed that a viable device has been discovered in Craigavon in Armagh.

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At around midnight on Friday night, police received a report of a loud bang in the area of the Tullygally Road in Craigavon.

They were then contacted by a newspaper who had reported hat a call had been made to them claiming a device had been fired at police.

A statement issued by the PSNI on Saturday morning said that they believed the device to be viable and that this was an attempt by dissident republican terrorists to murder police officers.

Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor said: “At around midnight we received a report of a loud bang in the area of the Tullygally Road. A short time later we were contacted by a Belfast based newspaper who reported that a call had been made to them claiming a device had been fired at a police patrol but had missed its target."

He continued: "At this stage we believe the device to be viable and that this was an attempt by dissident republican terrorists to murder police officers.

"At present it is unclear if the device was fired at a passing patrol or if this attack was set up in such a way as to target those local police officers responding to the area following reports from the public.

"I cannot condemn strongly enough those behind this cowardly and despicable act of terrorism. They offer nothing to this community and their actions here do not reflect the wishes of the vast majority of the law abiding residents of this area."

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