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Dublin: 9 °C Wednesday 20 November, 2019

Defence forces called out to dispose of Limerick city explosive device

The defence forces were called to a private property in the city in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Limerick city (file photo)
Limerick city (file photo)
Image: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (IED) had to be made safe in Limerick city in the early hours of this morning, according to the Irish Defence Forces (IDF).

An IDF bomb disposal team was called to private residence in the John’s Gate area of the city at around 1.30am on Wednesday morning after the explosive device was thrown at the property.

The IED was declared to be viable after which a team of bomb disposal experts made it safe without carrying out a controlled explosion, according to Captain Pat O’Connor from the IDF.

The scene was declared safe shortly before 3am.

The remains of the device have now been removed and handed over to Gardaí for investigation.

Gardaí were unable to comment on the issue.

The IDF said it was the 32nd time this year that they had been called out to an incident and the second time that a viable IED had been found.

Last year there were 197 call outs, with 47 devices found to be viable, a record number.

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