Hoax pipe bomb found under car
ARMY bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a hoax device that was placed under a car in Dublin city centre last night.
Gardai called the army experts to the scene after what appeared to be a pipe bomb was found under a black 06 reg Hyundai Coupe at York Street in the south city.
The drama unfolded at around 11.20pm and the army team was at the scene within minutes. Streets were sealed off for a time.
A controlled explosion was carried out at the site at around midnight and the team declared the area safe at 12.30am.
Gardai are today trying to probe a motive for the hoax bomb attack.
The development comes just days after a Ballyfermot family – who are being targeted by a local crime gang – had a crude hoax bomb placed outside their home late on Thursday night sparking a major security alert in the area.
The Herald previously revealed that the gangsters targeted the family home with a viable pipe bomb ten nights ago.
The crudely constructed device exploded outside the family's home but no one was injured in the incident.
It is understood the gangsters involved in the campaign of terror have links to a notorious local drugs gang and are well known to gardai for involvement in local crime.
The pipe bomb that exploded at the house was made of copper pipe and investigations are now underway to establish if the pipe bombs are being manufactured in the west Dublin area.
Army bomb disposal teams had their busiest year in 2011 since the height of the Troubles in 1979.
The ordnance teams were deployed to 236 call-outs, up substantially from 2010's total of 199. They handled 54 viable improvised devices, compared with 49 similar devices last year.