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Last Updated: Tuesday October 11 2005 11:01 GMT

Second explosives alert at school

Scene of the alert
Pupils at a school in Northern Ireland have experienced their second security alert in a month after an explosive device was found near their building.

The device - called a pipe bomb - was discovered in a hedge by workmen. Army explosives teams were called and they made the pipe bomb safe.

The 142 pupils at Harryville Primary School in Ballymena were sent home.

On September 12, parts from several pipe bombs were found near the school but police say the finds aren't linked.

Officers have also said that they don't think the school was being targeted by the people who left the bomb.

Further searches are now taking place and the school will remain closed for the rest of Tuesday.

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