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Killylea security alert declared a hoax

Suspected device at Elm Park Road in Killylea

9:15PM UPDATE: The security alert in the Elm Park area of Armagh has ended.

Inspector Quinn said: “The suspicious object has been declared a hoax. All roads have re-opened.”

A second security alert in one week is underway  in Killylea, county Armagh this evening.

Police and Army Technical Officers are currently at the scene on the Elm Park Road in the village, exactly seven days after a “crude but viable explosive device” was found in the area.

The road has been cordoned off at the junction of Knappagh Road.

A police spokesperson said: “Police are currently in attendance at a security alert in the Elm Park Road area of Armagh following the discovery of a suspicious object. 

Suspected device at Elm Park Road in Killylea

Suspected device at Elm Park Road in Killylea

“The Elm Park Road is closed at its junction with Knappagh Road.”

ATO is currently examining the scene, which is just off the main Killylea Road, about five miles from Armagh city.

Once again residents in nearby homes are being urged to stay to the rear of their properties.

Pictured is the suspected device in what appears to be an industrial lubricant can, sent in by an Armagh I reader.

The PSNI say a motive for the incident last weekend has not yet been established.

There are no further details at this stage.

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