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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Deadly explosive found in raid on house

ARMY bomb experts discovered a deadly Czech-made plastic explosive Semtex when they were called to a house in Co Wexford.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team went to the private residence at Killogue at 8.30pm on Saturday after they were called in by gardai.

They dealt with two detonators and a "small quantity" of Semtex, a Defence Forces spokesman said.

"On examination of the scene, a detonator was made safe using a controlled explosion and field testing was carried out to confirm a substance found to be a small amount of the explosive, Semtex," the spokesman said.

The explosives were handed over to gardai for the investigations and the scene was declared safe at 10.45pm.

An EOD team was called to the same address in Co Wexford yesterday after a second detonator was found during follow-on searches.

The bomb disposal team arrived at the scene at 3.30pm where they made the detonator safe and removed it for further examination.

The scene was declared safe at 5pm.

The Defence Forces EOD teams have been called out 150 times so far this year.

They dealt with a range of incidents including 40 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), unstable chemicals, explosives and old unexploded ordnance, the spokesman said.

mlavery@herald.ie

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