Bomb the work of ‘callous dissidents’

The scene of an explosion at North Circular Road, Lurgan, on Saturday afternoon. INLM14-250
The scene of an explosion at North Circular Road, Lurgan, on Saturday afternoon. INLM14-250

ALTHOUGH no one was injured by Saturday’s bomb blast the intent was clear say politicians.

The crude device, placed in a dog waste bin at North Circular Road close to St Michael’s School, exploded shortly after 3pm as police investigated reports of an illegal parade.

SDLP’s Dolores Kelly said emphatically: “This device was designed to kill police.”

Mayor Carla Lockhart said: “This latest attempt by these cold blooded individuals has outraged the people of Lurgan and further afield with the good people of the area absolutely disgusted at their behaviour.”

Sinn Fein’s John O’Dowd said there were striking similarities to a previous incident in the area when an explosion in a waste bin narrowly missed killing, or seriously maiming, three children.

The UUP’s Colin McCusker slammed Sinn Fein by claiming the party displayed ‘double standards’ in condemning the bomb one minute, yet ‘supporting terrorism’ the next.

A 46-year-old Lurgan man was arrested in connection with the bomb attack but was later released without charge.