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Sycamore Drive in Newtownmountkennedy, where the boy was injured this morning. Google Maps

Witnesses sought after boy, 5, injured by suspected pipe bomb

The boy was hospitalised and is reported to have lost a number of fingers after picking up the device this morning.

Updated, 16:58

GARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for witnesses to an incident which left a 5-year-old boy hospitalised when he picked up a suspected pipe bomb outside a house in Co Wicklow this morning.

The incident occurred at Sycamore Drive, Newtownmountkennedy, at around 8:30am this morning.

The boy was taken to Crumlin Children’s Hospital with injuries to its hand, and is reported to have lost some of his fingers.

The scene was sealed off to allow technical and forensic examinations. House-to-house inquiries have been udnertaken.

Gardaí have asked anyone who was in the Sycamore Drive area between 9pm last night and 8am this morning to contact them at Bray station at (01) 666 5300, the Garda Confidential line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

Gardaí are also asking anyone in the Newtownmountkennedy area who may have noticed any unusual or suspicious activity overnight or in the last number of weeks to get in touch.

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