INTERCETTATI PACCHI BOMBA DESTINATI A MAGHABERRY

Letter bombs ‘addressed to prison’ (UTV)

The First and Deputy First Ministers have condemned those behind two letter bombs found in Royal Mail sorting centres, which are believed to have been addressed to Maghaberry Prison.

A suspicious package sparked a security alert in Lisburn in the Linenhall sorting centre on Friday morning.

The alert has since ended and the cordon lifted.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: “A viable device was made safe and has been removed for examination.”

It comes after a letter bomb was discovered in a Royal Mail centre in Londonderry on Thursday.

UTV understands both packages are believed to have been addressed to Maghaberry Prison, Northern Ireland’s high security jail.

Police and the Department of Justice have declined to comment on who the packages were addressed to.

The First and Deputy First Ministers have condemned those behind both incidents.

In a joint statement, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness said: “We utterly condemn the recent letter bombs discovered in postal sorting offices in Derry/Londonderry and Lisburn.

“The people behind these letter bombs are opposed to the democratic will of the people and want to drag us back to the past.

“They have no respect for the postal workers, the wider community or the future.”

Police have warned people to be vigilant and report suspicious packages immediately.

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