Muir condemns Newtownhamilton car bomb

Early this morning I learned that a suspect car had been left outside the Police Station in Newtownhamilton. The car was left on Shambles Lane near the police station at around 02:00. Up to 60 families were evacuated from the area.

Later this evening it has transpired that a bomb was left inside the car consisting of a number of containers filled with flammable liquid. Thankfully no one has been injured with residents near the car bomb now being allowed to return to their homes after being woken in the night and kept away from their homes for most of the day.

I utterly condemn those that left this car bomb near the police station, their only intention is to cause death, injury and disruption. This is a worrying development given the car bomb that exploded on Sunday night at Palace Barracks, Holywood.

The public do not want this small minority to drag us back to the dark days when there were threats on a daily basis across the country. They have next to no support and I hope the community unites to call on them to stop.

Anybody with any information about this incident should contact the police. We must show these people that their campaign will not be successful.

13 April 2010