Mullingar: Irish army defuses explosive device

The Irish Army has defused an explosive device found in a housing estate in Mullingar, County Westmeath.

Bomb disposal officers was called to the Ardilaun area of the town by police overnight and they arrived at the scene at about 03:00 local time on Tuesday.

A number of houses were evacuated while the team defused the device. The area was declared safe at 04:00 local time.

The device was taken to a military location for further testing was later declared to have been viable.

An army spokesperson said all the evidence would be handed over to police.

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