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Lurgan blast work of ‘extremists in fantasy world’, says McGuinness

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A bomb blast in Lurgan was carried out by anti peace extremists who are living in a fantasy world, the deputy First Minister has said.

Martin McGuinness, who was subjected to a death threat from dissident republicans earlier this month, condemned the attack.

He said: “Bomb in Lurgan has to be condemned, Anti Peace extremists living in Fantasy World.attack futile,won’t change a thing.” (sic)

Upper Bann Assembly member and Education Minister John O’Dowd said the explosion, at a bin on the junction of north Circular Road and Levin Road on Saturday afternoon, was carried out by “anti peace process forces”.

Mr O’Dowd tweeted: “Anti peace process forces narrowly miss killing police & civillians in bomb blast in Lurgan. We all deserve better than this we deserve peace.

“Anti peace process forces regardless of allegiance are the biggest barrier to constitutional & social change on this island. Who do u serve?” (sic)

Police were in the area at the time to investigate reports of an unnotified parade taking place.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly, a former member of the Stormont justice committee, described the attack as reckless.

“It was a callous act by people who showed scant regard for the local community,” she said. “We can only be thankful that no one has been injured. It just shows that even at this holiday time people must be vigilant. This is not where we thought we would be 15 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.”

Police have described the explosion, which occurred close to a primary school, as small and said it caused only minor damage.

A PSNI spokesman said there are no reports of any injuries at this stage.

 

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