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Police confirm ‘crude but viable explosive device’ near Killylea

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a security alert close to Killylea village yesterday (Friday).

The operation lasted for seven hours.

It followed the discovery of a suspicious object at the gateway to a house on the Elm Park Road, just off the main Killylea Road.

A short stretch of the road was cordoned off by police and Army Technical Officers were tasked to the scene.

The alert began at around 3pm and initially some residents had been urged to move to the rear of their homes.

The operation ended at around 10pm and the road was reopened.

The object was described by police today (Saturday) as a “crude but viable explosive device”.

The PSNI says a motive for the incident has not yet been established.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information about the incident to contact them in Newry Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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