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Viable explosive device made safe in Longford

The scene declared safe just before 2am this morning and gardaí are now investigating.

AN ARMY BOMB disposal team rendered safe a viable explosive device in Longford in the early hours of this morning.

The Defence Forces were called to the scene of the improvised explosive device near a private residence in Lisafarrell by gardaí. Road closures were put in place and the bomb disposal team arrived at 11.40pm.

After an initial assessment, the device was confirmed as viable and was made safe at the scene without the need for a controlled explosion. The scene was declared safe at 1.50 am.

All component parts and evidence were handed over to the gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.

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