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Dublin: 9°C Tuesday 18 January 2022

Car bomb explodes in Letterkenny housing estate

Nobody was injured during the incident.

Manor View Park
Manor View Park
Image: Google Streetview

GARDAÍ IN DONEGAL are investigating a booby-trap bomb that exploded under a Jeep in Letterkenny in the early hours of this morning.

The device detonated at about 4am in Manor View Park, off Long Lane in the town.

Nobody was injured in the attack. Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle.

The area was evacuated and residents were asked to take shelter elsewhere as gardaí sealed off the scene.

An army bomb disposal team was deployed to the site. A search for additional devices is underway as a precaution.

Local residents have been shocked by the event.

Speaking to Highland Radio, one mother described how her young son was terrified by the bang.

“The wee boy freaked out. We didn’t know what it was,” she said. “I am very shocked. What was the need for it? There are kids and elderly people around. This is normally a quiet neighbourhood. It is scary and shocking.”

Gardaí have asked anyone who noticed a silver saloon car driving in the area overnight to contact them at the local station or on the Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.

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