POLICE APPEAL OVER PIPE BOMB MURDER BID

Chief Inspector Davy Beck of Newry and Mourne PSNI appeal for information over pipe bomb attack

Chief Inspector Davy Beck of Newry and Mourne PSNI appeal for information over pipe bomb attack

DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit are appealing for information following an incident on Blaney Road, Crossmaglen on the morning of Wednesday, 25 February.

Shortly after 5.15am on Wednesday morning, a 31 year old man sustained injuries following the explosion of a pipe bomb type device.

Frank McCabe jnr is currently undergoing surgery in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Doctors are battling to save the sight in one of his eyes after he took the full force of the explosion when a booby-trap pipe bomb exploded when he went to remove a poster.

Detectives are keen to hear from anyone who noticed any activity on Blaney Road between Tuesday evening, 24 February and Wednesday morning.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a poster being erected in the area. Detectives in Serious Crime Branch can be contacted by phoning 101.

Newry and Mourne Area Commander, Chief Inspector Davy Beck added: “I would like to thank the public for their support during the initial stages of this investigation.

“I would also like to remind the public that if they notice any suspicious objects in their local area, do not touch them but contact us immediately on 101, or 999 in an emergency.

“It is vital that suspicious or criminal activity is reported to us at the earliest opportunity so that we can take full advantage of evidential and investigative opportunities and keep the community safe.”

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