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Pipe bomb attack on young motherís car

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Pipe bomb attack on young motherís car thumbnailAn Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) at the scene of the pipe bomb attack on a young mother's car in Drumrallagh Estate, Strabane, on Sunday.

A PIPE bomb attack on a young mother's car in the town just yards from a children's play park has been condemned.

The device - which police say was viable - is understood to have been discovered under the wheel arch of the woman's car in Drumrallagh Estate in the Head of the Town area of the town early on Sunday morning.

A mass security operation unfolded just after 11am when police cordons were thrown-up around the residential area.

Access to the estate and the nearby play park - one of the town's most popular recreational areas - was denied for much of the day as Ammunition Technical Officers (ATO) dealt with the suspect device.

The alert caused widespread disruption for local residents as some, including the elderly and those with young families, were evacuated from their homes whilst others who stayed were told to remain indoors for up to seven hours.

The cordons were eventually taken down just before 6pm and residents were permitted access to the estate.

Speaking afterwards, Detective Inspector Fisher said: "A viable pipe-bomb type device was made safe by ATO and has been recovered by police. A number of residents were moved from their homes during this alert.

"Those who left this device in a residential area clearly have no regard for the people living here and I am appealing for the community's support in identifying the perpetrators."

Local Sinn Fťin councillor, Karina Carlin, has spoken out against the attack and says that those responsible had no regard for the safety of locals particularly given the proximity of the incident to the play park.

 

She said the incident has caused anger among local people who suffered major disruption during the alert.

"Local people are justifiably angry that this device was placed under the car belonging to a local woman and could have endangered her life and limb or that of anyone who would have been in the vicinity had it exploded," she said.

"There is also anger at the massive disruption this attack caused for local residents and the complete disregard shown by placing such a potentially lethal device in such close proximity to the nearby play park which is so extensively used by children and families from the throughout the Strabane area."

Cllr Carlin said those responsible for leaving the device "need to pack up and go away". She continued: "Those behind this attack seem to be living in some kind of delusionary bubble oblivious not only to the hardship such attacks visit upon those targeted and the wider local community but likewise deluded in thinking that there is even the slightest support for such actions within this community. There is not!

"Therefore, it is well beyond time that those involved listen to and accept the overwhelming will of this community for such squalid actions to end and those involved need to pack up and go away."

Police have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to contact detectives at the Criminal Investigations Branch, Strand Road on the non-emergency 101 number. Information can also be passed on anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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