Senior detectives investigating the discovery of a viable pipe bomb found outside a garda’s home last week believe it may have been planted by a Longford-based Traveller gang.
A leading member of that gang is one of a number of suspects gardaí are focusing on following last Thursday’s shocking discovery.
The device was found close to the officer’s home in the Bohey area of Drumlish, shortly after midday.
It’s understood the well respected garda, who is based in Co Longford, was at home at the time when he came across a suspicious looking object just yards from his front door.
That sparked a large scale security scare as army bomb disposal experts moved in to examine the device and make the scene safe.
A number of neighbours were also evacuated during the investigations while the main Drumlish-Mohill road was cordoned off to passing traffic.
But the discovery of the device combined with the fact it was found outside a garda’s home in broad daylight has left many locals stunned.
Drumlish-based Cllr Martin Mulleady said residents were ‘up in arms’ over the incident while Fine Gael election candidate Padraic Brady also voiced his own disappointment over the incident.
Gardaí throughout the region were also deeply shocked by the event and they rallied around their colleague this week.
The investigation of the incident is being co-ordinated by Carrick-on-Shannon Gardaí and anyone with any information is asked to contact (071) 9650510.