Man injured after explosion in NI arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

A man found injured close to the scene of a partial explosion in Craigavon, Co Armagh this morning, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

By Carmel Robinson
Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 5:17 pm

A device is understood to have partially exploded outside a home in the Enniskeen area last night.

Detective Inspector Simpson said: “The alert was triggered after police received a report of an explosion at the rear of a house in the area at around 9.30pm on Tuesday night.

“Upon arrival officers found a man in the vicinity of where the explosion was reported to have occurred being treated by paramedics for injuries received after the device exploded.

Scene of partial explosion in Enniskeen, Craigavon.

“A number of homes were evacuated and a scene held to allow officers to examine the area fully and to ensure the safety of local residents.

“The injured man, who has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of an explosive device with intent to endanger life, currently remains in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries which are described as not life threatening.

“Remnants of a pipe bomb type device have been taken away for forensic examination.

“Police have now left the area and would thank the local community for their patience during this public safety operation. An investigation into the incident is ongoing, and anyone with any information or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call detectives in Lurgan on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1745 01/12/20, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport// . Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/ .”

Scene of partial explosion in Enniskeen, Craigavon.

MP for Upper Bann Carla Lockhart described the incident as a ‘very worrying development’.

“Enniskeen is a densely populated area with a number of homes having to be evacuated late into the night.

“One man is seriously injured and many more having faced disruption as a consequence of what happened here. My thoughts are with all those affected at this difficult time.

“I want to praise the PSNI for their swift action and also St Saviours Church of Ireland for providing a place of refuge for those asked to leave their homes.

Scene of partial explosion in Enniskeen, Craigavon.

“Obviously information is key to answering all the questions as to what happened in Enniskeen, and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward to the Police with that information. Those who cause hurt and disruption in our communities must be brought to justice.

“There remains a police presence at the scene as they continue to gather evidence.”

Alliance Cllr Eóin Tennyson said: “A number of homes in the area have been evacuated and St Saviours Church has been opened for residents affected.

“The patience of residents who have had to leave their homes as police work to make the area safe is greatly appreciated.

“Those behind this have nothing to offer only misery and destruction.”

SDLP Cllr Thomas Larkham said: “This is the last thing that anyone in Enniskeen wants or needs. This is a close-knit community full of people trying to get on with their lives during a difficult time for us all.”

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