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blast probe Pipe bomb explodes after being thrown at property in Newry

The police and ATO attended the scene and examined the device which has now been taken away for further forensic examination.

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A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) patrol car equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in Belfast.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) patrol car equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in Belfast.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) patrol car equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras in Belfast.

The PSNI are investigating after a pipe bomb detonated outside a property in Newry yesterday evening in a “reckless” attack.

A loud bang was reported just before 10:45 PM in the Ashgrove Road area of the city.

The police and ATO attended the scene and examined the device which has now been taken away for further forensic examination.

An appeal has also been made for anyone who saw a vehicle speeding away along Ashgrove Road towards Damolly roundabout and onwards towards Carnbane Way around the time of the explosion to contact police.

Detective Inspector Handley said: "Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries as a result of this utterly reckless attack, carried out in a residential area, with no consideration given to who could have injured or killed.

“We are working to establish a motive for this attack and are keen to speak to witnesses.

"We would also ask any anyone who may have captured mobile phone or dashcam footage to get in touch.

"If you have information that could help us, please call 101 and quote reference number 2424 of 18/03/21."

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