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Aughnacloy bomb alert

MLAs made statements on 21 June 2010 on the Aughnacloy bomb alert which occurred in County Tyrone last week.

A 300lb bomb was found in a van which was left with the engine running outside Aughnacloy police station on 18 June 2010.

The bomb was made safe in a security operation which led to more than 350 people having to leave their homes overnight. It is believed dissident republicans were responsible.

The DUP's Maurice Morrow said those responsible for the attempted attack on the forces of law and order were "to say the least below contempt".

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew said she condemned the incident, which had caused a huge amount of disruption. She said she was extremely glad that no-one was injured or killed.

The UUP's Tom Elliot said it was "an absolute disgrace" that local residents had to spend so much time out of their homes during the alert and it was "time these people (dissident republicans) wakened up to the reality of this society".

The SDLP's Tommy Gallagher said hundreds of people who travelled daily through Aughnacloy had their journeys disrupted and that the bombing attempt was "an act of madness".

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