“The device is understood to have consisted of a number of containers filled with flammable liquid”

A day after the attack on the site of MI5’s regional headquarters in Holywood, County Down, a security alert in Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, which began when a Peugeot car was abandoned at the gates of the police station at 2am last night, has ended with the British army defusing a viable device.

The Army has defused a bomb in a car abandoned outside the police station in Newtownhamilton in County Armagh. The device is understood to have consisted of a number of containers filled with flammable liquid. It was in a silver Peugeot 406 left outside the station at about 0200 BST on Tuesday. The cordon at the scene has been reduced and families have been allowed to return to their homes. A forensic examination is continuing.

The Continuity IRA has reportedly claimed responsibility.