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Device explodes at Lurgan PSNI station

A small device exploded close to Lurgan PSNI station
A small device exploded close to Lurgan PSNI station

A cordon around a police station in Lurgan in County Armagh has been lifted following an explosion.

It is understood that a small device exploded close to the station shortly after 2330 BST on Tuesday.

There are no reports of any injuries in the attack. Police said the only damage was to a property opposite the police station.

PSNI superintendent Pauline Shields condemned the attack as "reckless and cowardly".

She added: "(It was) aimed not only at killing police officers but also endangering the lives of any members of the public who would have been around this busy area at this time."

Last week, two devices, understood to be pipe bombs, were defused in the Kilwilkee Road area of the town.

The attack on Tuesday is the latest in a series in recent months which have been blamed on dissident republicans.

In April, bombs exploded outside the MI5 headquarters in Holywood, County Down and a police station in Newtownhamilton, County Armagh.

Army

In a pre-election debate on Tuesday evening, the leaders of the four main parties in Northern Ireland clashed over whether the Army should patrol in Northern Ireland if the dissident threat increases.

Sir Reg Empey of the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists challenged the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams over whether he would support such a move.

Mr Adams said he would not, telling the UCU leader to "catch himself on". Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP said army involvement should be ruled out in any circumstances.

The DUP leader Peter Robinson said the arguments were based on a false premise, since the Chief Constable had operational independence and would make the decision himself.



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