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Bomb Disposal

2011 sees highest number of bomb disposal call-outs in 32 years

The Defence Forces received its 236th call out for its bomb disposal team today – the highest seen since 1979. A viable device was made safe outside a home in Clondalkin this afternoon.

THE ARMY BOMB disposal team made safe a viable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Dublin this afternoon – the 55th such occasion this year.

The Defence Forces sent the team to a private residence on Kilcronan Ave, Clondalkin in response to a request from the Gardaí.

The team arrived on scene at 2pm and made safe the viable IED which was found outside the building.

No controlled explosion was carried out and the scene was declared safe at 3.15pm

The device has now been removed to a military installation for further examination, after which it will be handed over to the Gardai.

This is the 236th call out of Defence Forces Bomb Disposal Teams this year and the 55th viable IED made safe.

This means that, on average the teams dealt with around one call out about a viable IED  a week.

The Defence Forces said that this is the highest annual number of call outs for the Bomb Disposal Teams since 1979.

Read: Army bomb squad deals with viable device in Galway>

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