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Explosion shatters tranquil town

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Explosion shatters tranquil town thumbnailA PSNI scenes of crime officer investigates the Sallys Wood area of Irvinestown after a suspected explosive device damaged a vehicle outside a house

A suspected explosive device which caused damage to a vehicle outside a house in an estate in Irvinestown yesterday, (Tuesday), morning could have resulted in a fatality, a local councillor has claimed.

A man, who was in the vicinity, had to be treated for shock in hospital after the incident which occurred in the Sallys Wood area shortly before 12.30am.

Police attended after a 'loud bang' was reported. The scene was held overnight to allow further enquiries to be made and bomb experts to carry out investigations in daylight.

Nothing further was found and police left in the early afternoon when the area was re-opened. The vehicle was subsequently taken away for further examination.

Erne North councillor, Raymond Farrell, said families have been left "traumatised" by the incident.

"It is extremely concerning that a vehicle was targeted by an explosive device in a built up housing estate," he said.

"Sally Woods contains a number of young families as well as pensioners and the very thought of such an incident occurring generates so many different emotions, mainly fear.

"For anyone to bring an explosive device into a built-up area is absolutely scandalous. It was likely to cause injury at the least and at the most, very possible death.

"Families had retired for the night and to be awakened in such a manner is terrible. This will be very traumatic for any children affected. My thoughts go out to them and I hope no such incident is repeated again."

Mr Farrell asks for anyone with any information to pass it onto the police.

"No one wants to see such an incident happen anywhere in Northern Ireland and certainly not Irvinestown," he added.

Local councillor, Stephen McCann, also sent his best wishes to anyone affected while Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP., Tom Elliott, said he was "saddened" to learn of the incident. "Irvinestown does not need this," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Inspector Keith Hicks say officers are working to establish a motive for this incident.

He added: "I would appeal to anyone who has any information which could be of assistance to our investigation to contact police in Enniskillen on 101 quoting reference number 22 31/01/17. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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