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Bomb blast in Northern Ireland as Army Disposal Unit race to scene

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A man has been injured after a bomb 'partially exploded' in Northern Ireland this evening.

Emergency services have rushed to the scene after reports of the explosion in Craigavon.

It is also believed the Army bomb disposal experts are in attendance.

Cops said they are "currently in attendance at a security alert in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon this evening," reports BelfastLive.

A spokesman added: “It is understood a device partially exploded. One male has been taken to hospital for treatment of injuries to their hands and chest.

“A number of homes in the area have been evacuated. There are no further details at this stage.”

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Reacting to the incident, SDLP Councillor Thomas Larkham said: “Following an incident where a device appears to have partially exploded this evening, residents in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon have been evacuated to a nearby church. I understand one individual has been taken to hospital.

“The circumstances of the incident are still unclear but army technical officers are on site and police have erected a cordon for the safety of the local community.

“This is the last thing that anyone in Enniskeen wants or needs. This is a close knit community full of people trying to get on with their lives during a difficult time for us all. I want to thank the residents who have cooperated with police, reacting quickly to keep each other safe. I also want to thank the local church for opening its doors to this community.”

Earlier this week a van caught fire following a "reckless" pipe bomb attack in Derry.

Upon arrival at the scene it was found that the cause of the fire was a pipe bomb type device, reported BelfastLive.

Officers put a cordon in place as parts of the device were found and Ammunition Technical Officers were requested.

There were no injuries as a result of the attack and the van suffered minor damage.

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