PIPE BOMBS DEFUSED IN CONTROLLED EXPLOSIONS

Army technical officers defuse two pipe bomb devices at a house in Ballymoney

Army technical officers defuse two pipe bomb devices at a house in Ballymoney

TWO lethal pipe bombs left on the windowsill of a house have been made safe.

Army technical officers carried out controlled explosions on the devices which were found at Dehra Gardens in the Garryduff Road area of Ballymoney on Monday morning.

Police confirmed that both devices were viable.

In a statement, the PSNI said: “Two controlled explosions were carried out on the devices which were declared viable by the army.”

A number of nearby homes had to be evacuated at the height of the alert. Some families were accommodated at Garryduff Church Hall and traffic was diverted.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said alert caused was great disruption.

He added: “It has caused major concern and disruption particularly to the people who live in the immediate area and residents had to be moved out of their homes.”

Residents have now been allowed to return home and the area has been reopened to drivers.

Anyone with more information has been asked to contact the PSNI.

 

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