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Man injured in Craigavon explosion arrested by police as security alert comes to an end

'Remnants of a pipe bomb type device have been taken away for forensic examination'

A man injured when a device exploded in Craigavon has been arrested, police have confirmed.

It comes as a security alert, which had been ongoing since Tuesday night, has now ended.

Detective Inspector Simpson said: “The alert was triggered after police received a report of an explosion at the rear of a house in the area at around 9.30pm on Tuesday night.

“Upon arrival officers found a man in the vicinity of where the explosion was reported to have occurred being treated by paramedics for injuries received after the device exploded.

“A number of homes were evacuated and a scene held to allow officers to examine the area fully and to ensure the safety of local residents.

“The injured man, who has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an explosive device with intent to endanger life, currently remains in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries which are described as not life threatening.

“Remnants of a pipe bomb type device have been taken away for forensic examination.

“Police have now left the area and would thank the local community for their patience during this public safety operation.

“An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with any information or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call detectives in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1745 01/12/20, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport// .

“Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/”.

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