Lord Mayor on Newry bomb: ‘I dread to think what could have happened’

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Saturday, April 7th, 2012
The Lord Mayor of Newry, Charlie Casey has called on those responsible for planting yesterday’s bomb to explain their rationale for doing so. Casey was speaking after it emerged late last night that after inspection from army bomb disposal officers, yesterday’s bomb was ‘viable’. Police said the bomb contained a ‘significant amount of explosives that had the potential to kill’. The bomb was found yesterday afternoon by Police near the Cloghogue roundabout close to the Forkhill turnoff in the city. The ensuing security operation to make the device safe led to widespread disruption, with traffic queues affecting large parts of the city throughout the day. Casey stated, “The only result gained from leaving this device at Cloghogue roundabout was serious traffic disruption for motorway traffic and Newry motorists on one of the busiest Friday afternoons in the year. Police have said that this was a viable device so I am glad that it was detected and made safe. This is an extremely busy stretch of road and I dread to think what could have happened.”
He added, “I would call on those responsible to outline their reasons for placing this device here and what they hoped to achieve by disrupting the citizens of Newry and beyond in this manner.”
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