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Bomb found close to city schools

St Brigid's High School, Armagh
The small bomb was found close to St Brigid's High School in Armagh

A small bomb has been found on a pavement in Armagh.

The device, which police have described as "crude, but viable" was found in the Windmill Hill area of the city. Three schools are in close proximity.

A police spokesperson said they were made aware on Friday night of a claim that a suspicious object had been left.

The Army examined the object before removing it for further examination. Local politicians have blamed dissident republicans for the incident.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said those responsible for the bomb had shown a "blatant disregard for public safety".

"It is extremely worrying that this device has been described as viable and we are very lucky that no one has been injured or killed," he said.

"Those responsible need to wake up and realise that their actions are without any support in the community. They are enemies of peace."

His SDLP colleague, the mayor of Armagh, Thomas O'Hanlon, said the "finger is being pointed at dissident elements" and there was "no support" for the perpetrators' actions in the community.

The device was found in an area close to St Brigid's High School, St Catherine's College and Mount St Catherine's Primary School in Armagh.

Sinn Fein also blamed dissident republicans for leaving the bomb.

"I am calling on the spokespeople from the various 'dissident' organisations to explain the rationale for leaving a viable device in Armagh," assembly member Cathal Boylan said.

"These micro groups must explain to the community, without any further delay, why they have endangered the lives of the people in this city."

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