Gardaí keeping open mind about latest pipe bomb discovery

An Army Bomb Disposal Team was called to Edgeworthstown to deal with a suspect device
Senior detectives are keeping an open mind as to the possible motives behind the discovery of two pipe bombs in Edgeworthstown last week.

Senior detectives are keeping an open mind as to the possible motives behind the discovery of two pipe bombs in Edgeworthstown last week.

Army bomb disposal experts made safe what sources have described as “viable” devices after they were found close to a house along the town’s main Bracklin Road area.

Several houses close to the cordoned off site had to be evacuated for over an hour while Defence Forces personnel carried out a thorough inspection.

The devices, which contained pieces of shrapnel, were found close to a wall last Wednesday (November 20) afternoon.

It follows a similar discovery, also in Edgeworthstown, just six weeks earlier when two almost identical devices were discovered.

Like last week’s find, both objects were planted outside a house while its occupants were still inside.

Gardai were later called to the scene when reports of a shotgun were heard, only for officers to quickly establish that one of the bombs had in fact exploded.

Soon after, search teams came across a second suspicious appliance, resulting in army bomb disposal experts being called in.

For the time being, Garda chiefs are staying tight lipped as to whether any link can be made to both incidents.

They are also looking into the circumstances that lay behind a suspected arson attack on a house in the mid Longford town in September and if all three are connected in some way.

In the meantime, local politicians have been quick to hit out at the sudden upturn in Edgeworthstown’s crime levels.

Fianna Fail Cllr Tom Victory vowed, in a statement, to raise the issue with newly appointed Superintendent Tom Murphy.

The local councillor said he had “grave concerns about the safety of local residents” and the possible negative impact such activities could have on the wider Edgeworthstown area.

Cllr Victory was, however, more complimentary of the swift response by both gardai and bomb disposal experts for making both devices safe.