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Three viable explosives made safe near Celbridge

Gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans also recovered a handgun from the scene.

File photo of army bomb disposal equipment in use.
File photo of army bomb disposal equipment in use.
Image: Photocall Ireland

Updated at 6.25pm

THE ARMY BOMB DISPOSAL Unit has made three viable improvised explosive devices (IEDs) safe near Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Gardaí investigating the activities of dissident republicans discovered the three devices and a handgun at a wooded area near the town and alerted the Defence Forces.

The bomb disposal team arrived on the scene just after midday.

A spokesperson for the Defence Forces said that the three devices were made safe at the scene without requiring a controlled explosion, and the scene was declared safe at 2pm.

The IEDs have since been removed to a secure military facility for forensic and technical examination, after which they will be given to the gardaí as part of their investigation into the incident.

Gardaí said this evening that their investigations are continuing.

The bomb disposal team has responded to 29 call-outs so far this year.

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