'Viable bomb' at Omagh officer's home

Published Saturday, 26 January 2013
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Police have found a viable bomb close to the home of a police officer in Omagh.

'Viable bomb' at Omagh officer's home
Police have asked anyone with information to come forward. (© UTV)

It was discovered in the Coolnagard area on Saturday after an incident the night before in which the off-duty officer fired a shot.

A number of homes were evacuated for a time as army bomb squad officers carried out investigations.

Police later confirmed a "crude viable explosive device" was found.

No-one was hurt during the incident on Friday night. Police said an investigation has been launched and the Ombudsman has been informed.

Anyone who witnessed unusual activity in the area over the past number of months is asked to contact Co Tyrone police.

A PSNI statement said: "Police would ask people, especially in the Coolnagard area of Omagh, if they saw anything that gave them cause for concern or they thought out of the ordinary over the past couple of months and specifically between 8pm and midnight on 25 January to contact police.

"Police are also asking if anyone saw anything that raised their concerns in the Kevlin Road area of Omagh during these times, again to contact Police. Police would like to thank local people for their patience and co-operation during this security alert."

Information can be passed on by calling 0845 600 8000.

Meanwhile local politicians have condemned the incident.

Thomas Buchanan of the DUP described it as a worrying time for the PSNI officer, especially as the threat from dissident republican terrorists was severe.

Sinn Féin's Declan McAleer said: "Coolnagard is a very quiet residential area of the town where people from all sections of the community live side by side and where community relations are very good.

"The investigation is still ongoing so I await further details from the PSNI as to the exact nature of the events which unfolded here on Friday night."

© UTV News
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22 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (665 days ago):
yes william :) yaaaaaaaaawn
william in coleraine wrote (665 days ago):
there you go again anti realistic, the majority of flag protests are peaceful but you compare them to cowardly dissident bombers, get a life and get your facts right! not all flag protesters are rioters, dont stereotype
lucylou in belfast wrote (666 days ago):
as a citizen neither 'loyalist' or 'republican' i am thoroughly sickened by all that is taking place here. FLAG PROTESTERS === GO HOME AND TAKE YOUR KIDS WITH YOU!! those who would use bombs ===NO DECENT PERSON WANTS YOU DOING THIS FOR ANY MISGUIDED 'CAUSE' SO SAME MESSAGE TO YOU ===GO HOME AND TAKE YOUR BOMBS WITH YOU!! EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU DO NOTHING BUT HARM TO THE LAND YOU BOTH PROFESS TO LOVE SO MUCH.
realistic in planet earth wrote (667 days ago):
hahahahaha @ Heather- I have a six year old who is more mature than you! Thank goodness this attack failed- this sort of stuff is NO USE to anyone. Here we see one extreme side of NI, with stunts like this. The other extreme is dressed in track suits and hoodies wavig flegs! can't each side see that between them they are an embarrassment!
John in Newtownabbey wrote (667 days ago):
Well said Stephen in Portadown! Norn Iron is a laughing stock all over the world. Now to bring the flag issue into a cruel unthinking callous attack on a Police man at his home, just shows how sad these people are to create mayhem over a piece of coloured cloth they coat trail with!
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