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Viable bomb defused in Monaghan

The device was defused without a controlled explosion.

Image: Irish Defence Forces via Facebook

AN ARMY BOMB Disposal team has defused a bomb left near a car in Carrickmacross.

The team rendered safe what they called “a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED)” in the Monaghan town early this afternoon.

The Defence Forces deployed the team in response to a request from the Gardaí after a suspect device was found near a car.

Road closures were put in place for public safety. The device was rendered safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion.

The scene was declared safe at 12.30pm and the team returned to base.

The remains of the device have been handed over to assist Gardaí with their investigation into the incident.

This was the tenth call out of an Bomb Disposal Team in 2014 dealing with five viable devices so far this year.

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