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Monday 25 September 2017

'It could have been a lot worse' - mum's home hit by two petrol bombs

The house in Loughlinstown attacked with petrol bombs early yesterday morning
The house in Loughlinstown attacked with petrol bombs early yesterday morning

Gardai in south Dublin are investigating the latest sinister bomb attack in the capital.

The most recent outrage happened at the Gleanntan estate in Loughlinstown at 1.20am yesterday, when two petrol bombs were thrown at the front door of a house - causing a major explosion.

The innocent mother who lives in the home said after the bomb attack that she was lucky, adding "it could have been a lot worse".

The two petrol bombs were launched at the door in the in the early hours, with the homeowner insisting that the attack was totally out of the blue.

Fire

The petrol bombs, which were inside small bottles, ignited at the bottom of the front door, causing extensive fire damage to the door and smoke damage up along the walls on the front of the house.

Gardai from Shankill Garda Station are investigating the case, but no arrests have been made and a motive has not been identified.

The mother-of-one said she had been sleeping when the petrol bombs went off and did not hear the attack.

However, she was eventually awoken by the smell of smoke filtering through the vents at the front of her home.

Speaking to the Herald, the woman, who did not wish to be named, said she has been in shock since the incident.

"There's no one out to get me, not that I know of," she said.

The doorway of the house in Loughlinstown attacked with petrol bombs early yesterday morning
The doorway of the house in Loughlinstown attacked with petrol bombs early yesterday morning

"It was a bit of a shock to say the least. It happened last night at about 1am.

"I didn't get any sleep at all, absolutely none. It was a petrol bomb, in a bottle.

"It could have been a lot worse, absolutely, it could have been a hell of a lot worse."

The woman said that some of her neighbours saw youths running from the scene.

"Some of my neighbours saw kids running off, they saw them do it, they were only my height so obviously young enough if they were my height," she said.

Evidence

A Garda forensic team has scanned the outside of the home for evidence.

It is understood that the remains of the bottle in which the bomb was placed have been taken away by forensics to check for any fingerprints.

The woman's two pet dogs are also said to have been frightened by the attack.

"The smell of the house, I've been cleaning it for the last seven hours," she added.

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