Published Monday, 31 March 2014
Forensic officers at the scene at Strabane Golf Club. (© UTV)
Strabane Golf Club was closed for several hours on Monday while the police and army bomb squad made the area safe at Ballycolman Avenue.
It comes after police in the Co Tyrone town issued a warning on Sunday night for local people to stay vigilant after a report of a pipe bomb in the Ballycolman Road/Laurel Drive areas. The information was received by the PSNI at 10.30pm, but nothing was found.
A follow-up operation led to a security alert being sparked.
The pipe bomb was found at a crossing between two sections of the golf course.
Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said the device had the capability of causing death or serious injury.
"This device comprised nuts and bolts packed with explosives into a pipe. While police may have been the intended target, golfers, ground staff or members of the community passing by could have been killed or maimed," the Strabane area commander said.
"This bears the hallmarks of an attempt to draw police into the area. But this was an attack on the community as much as on the police. I believe that the vast majority of people in Strabane do not want this type of incident and I would call on them to give us their assistance in behind those behind it to justice."
The security alert ended at 6pm and roads have been reopened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on the new non-emergency number 101.
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