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BBC NI's Annita McVeigh reports
"The scene was sealed off for several hours as army technical officers examined the bomb"
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Saturday, 28 April, 2001, 16:47 GMT 17:47 UK
Pipe bombers target RUC officer
Securty checkpoint
Road was closed in follow-up search operation
There has been condemnation of a pipe bomb attack on the home of a policeman in County Down.

The officer spotted the device outside his house on the Glassdrummond Road in Annalong on Friday and raised the alarm.

The area was cordoned off for several hours before the device was made safe.

The main Newcastle to Kilkeel road was closed again on Saturday as forensic experts carried out a follow-up search of the area.

Police have said they do not yet know which group was responsible.

It seems dreadful that this man has been targeted in this way

Cllr Henry Reilly

Ulster Unionist councillor Henry Reilly said he was appalled by the attack.

"I know him well and he is an exceptionally well liked person by all sides of the community down here," said Mr Reilly.

"His family have been there for generations and he is an accepted part of the community and it seems dreadful that this man has been targeted in this way.

"We get on well together down here in the Kingdom of Mourne and we don't need this kind of thing," he said.

Mail affected

Meanwhile, the Royal Mail has said some of Saturday's postal deliveries to the United Kingdom were delayed.

It followed a security alert at the Royal Mail sorting depot at Mallusk, near Belfast.

The depot was evacuated for three hours on Friday while it was searched following a bomb warning. Nothing was found.

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