ARMY technical officers are examining a suspect beer keg found at the foot of an electricity pylon in south Armagh.
It follows a coded bomb warning from a dissident republican group to police on Tuesday that it had left the device in Crossmaglen.
In response, the PSNI issued a warning to Crossmaglen residents to be their guard and not to approach suspicious objects.
While the ATO examined the scene, the PSNI’s ‘Indigo 49’ helicopter hovered overhead beaming back live pictures to a police station command, control and operations room.
Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy condemned those behind the bomb alert.
“Those who are trying to kill innocent people with a bomb attack in Belfast and heighten tensions with bomb alerts in other areas offer nothing, but a corrupt ideology.
“They might copy the tactics of the Provisional IRA, but like them, they will still not achieve a united Ireland,” he added.
Two months ago, dissidents abandoned a mortar bomb in Forkhill, south Armagh.