FERITI 3 BAMBINI IN UN’ESPLOSIONE A LURGAN
Esploso ordigno nascosto in un cassonetto nei pressi della Model School
Erano in corso i sopralluoghi della polizia quando un ordigno contenuto in un cassonetto posizionato in Kilmaine Street nei pressi della Model School, è esploso ferendo 3 bambini.
Le piccole vittime ha fortunatamente riportato solo tagli a causa delle schegge.
A dare l’allarme era stata una telefonata al Samaritans.
Dolores Kelly (SDLP) ritiene che si di una trappola per la polizia: “Questo è stato un tentativo spregevole di attirare la polizia e poi esplodere una bomba proprio dove si stava adoperando per tenere gli altri lontano dal pericolo, ed è per questo che i bambini sono stati feriti dai detriti dell’esplosione”.
Chiusa in via precauzionale la linea ferroviaria Lurgan – Moira. Evacuate numerose abitazione nell’area di Kilmaine Street dove è stata effettuata anche un’esplosione controllata su di un dispositivo sospetto.
In corso un allarme bomba anche in Brownlow Terrace.
Children injured in Lurgan bomb blast (U TV)
Three children – including a two-year-old – have been injured after a bomb exploded close to a primary school in Lurgan.
They suffered minor cuts from flying debris when the device went off in a wheelie bin in the Kilmaine Street area, during police searches.
It is believed officers were on alert following a call to the Samaritans, claiming a bomb had been left at a Model School – but no details were given of which town, prompting searches in a number of potential areas.
SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said it was an attempt to lure police officers into danger.
“This was a despicable attempt to draw police in and then set off a bomb precisely where they would have been trying to keep other people back out of danger, and that is why the children were injured by debris from the explosion,” she said.
As a precaution, police have closed the railway line between Lurgan and Moira.
Several homes have also been evacuated in the area.
Another security alert is underway in the Kilmaine Street area, where a controlled explosion has been carried out on a device found in a builder’s yard.
Army experts are also dealing with an alert at Brownlow Terrace.
Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd said those behind the bombs “do not care who they hurt or kill and are void of any sense of social or political responsibility”.
He added: “The leaderships of the groups behind this senseless behaviour have to accept responsibility even if their membership is incapable of doing so.
“It is past the time for them to call an end to this pointless oppression of the nationalist community.”