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Saturday 3 December 2016

Deadly pipebomb with 'RIP' on it left on top of man's car

Crime

The letters
The letters "RIP" were etched on a pipe bomb found on top of a man's car in north Dublin.

The letters "RIP" were etched on a pipe bomb found on top of a man's car in north Dublin.

The viable device was discovered on the 39-year-old owner's vehicle on Sunday afternoon.

Gardai are investigating whether a Traveller gang is responsible for the incident that led to the evacuation of several houses.

"It is very unusual that someone went to the trouble of etching letters on a bomb that had the capacity to maim and kill," a source said.

"The fact that it was placed on top of the car means this was most likely an attempt to intimidate the target rather than kill him.

"Either way, the actions of those responsible for this could have led to murder or murders if that device had gone off."

The intended target of the pipe bomb has several previous convictions for theft and firearms offences and is regarded as a prolific burglar.

It is understood that the pipebomb was placed on top of the car late on Saturday and remained there for more than 12 hours.

After gardai were alerted, the Defence Forces deployed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team.

A cordon and road closures were put in place in the interests of public safety and several families had to leave their homes.

The team arrived at 1.25pm on Sunday and the device was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion.

The alert was lifted at 2.20pm and the pipebomb was handed over to gardai to further their investigation.

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