Bombers ‘not living in real world’

The bomb disposal team at Orritor last Saturday afternoon.INMM2013-346SR
The bomb disposal team at Orritor last Saturday afternoon.INMM2013-346SR

By Patricia Devlin

DEPUTY First Minister Martin McGuinness says those responsible for a partially exploded bomb in Cookstown “need to come into the real world”.

He was speaking after the booby-trap pipe bomb was discovered under a vehicle on the Orritor Road area of the town on Saturday.

Police and army bomb disposal experts were called to an address at around shortly before 3pm.

The PSNI said components of a partially exploded device were recovered and a number of items were removed for forensic examination.

It is understood the attack is not being linked to dissident republican activity and the target is not connected to the security forces.

The area between Morgans Hill Road and Maloon Road was closed for around three hours as forensic teams investigated the incident.

More than 30 homes were evacuated in the incident which is being described as a “reckless act” by Mid-Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone.

“I totally condemn those who placed a pipe bomb under a car in a built up area of Cookstown,” he said.

“I am only grateful that no one was injured in what was a reckless act by those who planted the pipe bomb.

Mr McGlone went on: “This type of activity has no place in our society and those involved must stop before they cause serious injury or loss of life.

Ulster Unionist MLA Sandra Overend also condemned those responsible.

“As well as showing a shameful disregard for human life, these actions cause disruption for residents and security forces,” she said.

“I commend the PSNI and Army bomb disposal experts who swiftly and safely dealt with the incident.”

Residents were allowed to return to their homes at approximately 6.30pm on Saturday.

Speaking after hearing news of the attack former Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness said: “Those responsible for partially exploded pipe bomb under a car in Cookstown today need to come into the real world, thankfully no casualties.”

A police spokesperson said a motive is yet to be established.