Explosion ‘attempt to kill police’

AN Upper Bann MLA has said he believes an explosion in Lurgan “was an attempt to kill police officers”.

The blast happened at the junction of North Circular Road and Levin Road shortly after 3pm today (Saturday).

Police were in the area at the time following information that an un-notified parade was to take place. There are no reports of any injuries.

Sinn Fein member John O’Dowd said he understood a bomb had exploded in a bin.

“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,” he said.

“Thankfully no-one was injured as a result of this madness.”

Mr O’Dowd said he believed dissident republicans were behind the explosion.

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also condemned the attack and said “anti-peace extremists” were “living in a fantasy world”.