Sinn Fein man denounces bin bombers

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UPPER Bann Assembly member John O’Dowd has denounced the planting and detonation of an explosive device in a bin on the perimeter of a residential area and within yards of a school as “callous and stupid”.

The Sinn Féin MLA said: “We are thankful that this bomb did not injure anyone but it could easily have been a different story.

“The location of the device in a rubbish bin has striking similarities to a previous incident in the area when an explosion in a waste bin in the Freecrow area narrowly missed killing or seriously maiming three children.”

Mr O’Dowd continued: “Both bombs were planted by people opposed to the peace process. These individuals continue to show complete disregard for the public. The planting of this device along a busy road on one of the busiest days of the year was not only callous it was stupid.

“To time it to go at the same time as they began an Easter parade demeans those patriots who they claim to honour and jeopardised their own supporters making their way to the parade.”