Northern Ireland

Crossmaglen: Parts of 'exploded pipe bomb' recovered from scene

Crossmaglen scene
Image caption Army bomb officers have just left the scene of the explosion in Crossmaglen

An explosion that caused serious injuries to a man in County Armagh on Wednesday is believed to have been caused by a pipe bomb.

Francis McCabe Jr was injured and there are concerns he may lose an eye. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

It is reported a device exploded as he tried to remove a poster from a lamppost outside Crossmaglen.

It is thought the poster claimed that a second individual was a security forces informer, or "tout".

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the attack followed a campaign of intimidation against people "who have taken huge personal risks advocating accountable policing".

Public warning

Police set up a cordon at the scene on Thursday while the site of the explosion was examined.

Parts of what is believed to have been an exploded pipe bomb have been taken away for further examination, a PSNI spokesman said.

The Blaney Road and Corliss Road, which were closed for several hours, have now reopened.

Insp Lorraine Dobson said: "I would like to again thank the public for their co-operation and I would reiterate that if anyone notices any suspicious objects in the area, they should not touch them.

"Rather, report it to police immediately."

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