Army makes safe substantial viable device in South Armagh

A three day security alert in Keady, south Armagh, ended today with Army technical officers making safe a reported 160lb bomb.  Police believe a fire started in the area on Sunday morning was an attempt to lure officers into an ambush.  In February there was a failed improvised mortar attack on the police station in Keady. From the RTÉ report

At a press facility today, Area Commander Chief Inspector Ken Mawhinney said that those responsible were intent on killing or causing serious injury to police officers.

He said ‘We now believe that this device has been at this location since Saturday evening.

‘We initially received a call at 12.30am during the early hours of Sunday morning from a member of the public who said a section of fencing had been set alight in a field near his home.

‘It was dealt with by the fire & rescue service however we believe that the fire may have been started maliciously in an effort to lure police into the area.

‘We then received information about a call made to a local business premises in Keady on Monday evening to state that a device had been left near a border area.

‘We began investigating however due to the non-specific detail of the location, we did not find anything suspicious.

‘A report was then received on Tuesday morning that a local farmer had located a suspect device on a laneway on the Castleblayney Road.

‘The area was immediately cordoned off on both sides of the border and nearby homes evacuated. ATO was tasked and this device has now been made safe.’

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  • socaire

    Is it just my shoulder chip or are the British forces stretching these alerts to draw notice to the activities of the Republicans and how much they are ‘inconveniencing the local people’ ? In the old days they would have had this bomb defused in less time than it takes Portadown lodge to walk down Garvaghy Road …………. or maybe that’s not a great example.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    to be honest the thought had crossed my mind too but I don’t really have a problem with it.

  • socaire

    Note where all the inconvenience is taking place.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Well of course the police are much more media savvy now. And the line that the dissidents are a bunch of moronic criminals is basically accepted by nationalists/republicans for the unsurprising reason that its true.
    Newtownhamilton, Keady etc indicates one gang operating in the locality and I am sure we want them locked up before they do any serious damage.
    Saturday afternoon might be interesting in Crossmaglen as there will be a lot of Armagh and Donegal Gaels in the area and I am sure the pathetic little gang have more sense than to piss off so many people.
    But with luck they will be on their way to Maghaberry.

  • joeCanuck

    There have been huge advances in forensic science in the past 20 years. Perhaps a large part of the time involved here was engaged in gathering such evidence. It’s as good a “conspiracy” theory as any.

  • aquifer

    sectarian thugs slow waltzing their way to maghaberry

    They declare war against the agreed will of the people of ireland, inviting british troops back, and try to murder irish policemen and women. A long wait on remand, wading slowly through forensic and wire tap reports, and then half a lifetime drinking tea and smelling eachothers farts in a clammy magnolia painted concrete box. The spare sons of South Armagh have patience,

    We just wish they had a life.

  • NorthernGael32

    Fair play to the volunteers involved.
    As for p*ssing off the majority of Nationalists/Republicans; Where will the condemnation come from except a P.SF councillor using a pre-made template?
    Sectarian thugs.. What element of this was sectarian? Moronic criminals.. This has always been the condemnation of Republicans from their enemies; the bomb outside the Hollywood barracks begs to differ.
    The RUC are milking the situation.

  • Ardmhacha

    As a Keady man myself I reckon it would have been good for us all if the bloody thing blew up when they were building it, a few less idiots walking our streets and causing mayhem for their own communities.

    Although judging from the previous situation in Keady it was probably another waste of space from lurgan.

  • Mark

    declaring war against the will of the Irish people, inviting the british army to murder Irish men and women, wading slowly through forensic and wire tap reports, spend half their life drinking tea and smelling eachothers farts ( really? ) sounds more like the ruc to me.