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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Army carry out controlled blast on pipebomb found in Inchicore garden

A POTENTIALLY deadly pipebomb discovered in the garden of a Dublin home could have badly injured passers-by.

Gardai are investigating after finding what is being described as a viable bomb.

Members of the Defence Forces were deployed to Turvey Avenue, Inchicore, shortly after 3pm yesterday.

The area was cordoned off and local residents were evacuated to a safe location.

It is believed that the explosive may have been handled or moved before the gardai were alerted and the bomb disposal team was called out.

An army spokesman said the device was located in a green area near private residences.

"The viable device was made safe in situ by means of a controlled explosion," she added.

"The remains of the device have been removed to a secure military location for further examination and will then be handed over to the gardai to assist with their investigations."

The scene was declared safe just after 4pm.

The targeting of the production of pipe bombs is one of the main priorities for gardai.

So far this year, the army bomb disposal unit has dealt with almost 100 viable devices and has been called out to deal with devices on around 210 occasions by gardai.

A previous Herald investigation revealed that pipebombs are being sold for around €100.

We revealed that a number of Traveller families -- based mostly in the northside of Dublin -- are running pipebomb factories in which "crude but deadly" bombs are being made.

Some of those involved in making the bombs have links to murdered brothers John Paul and Tommy Joyce and sources say that in one bizarre incident a criminal linked to this faction blew himself up while making bombs in a caravan.

He did not suffer serious injuries in the incident and is understood to be still involved in making the bombs.

kfoy@herald.ie

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