A DEVICE found in a bin close to the War Memorial in Omagh during the early hours of this morning (Sunday) was a viable pipe bomb.
Police have said that the device was ‘small but potentially dangerous’ aimed at causing the maximum amount of disruption to Remembrance Sunday commemorations.
Several hundred people had been due to attend a wreathlaying ceremony at the cenotaph situated at the junction of Drumragh Avenue, Mountjoy Road and Sedan Avenue. The area was cordoned was cordoned off for most of the day.
Politicians from all the main parties have condemned the incident, while the Omagh branch of the Royal British Legion says it hopes to re-schedule the commemorations for next Sunday.
Chief Constable, George Hamilton, said those responsible for leaving the pipe bomb in the area were a ‘small and callous’ group of ‘violent people.’
“Those responsible have nothing to other than fear and intimidation. Whilst our investigation is at a very early stage, one strong line of enquiry is that violent dissident republicans are responsible,” he said.
“Their actions today have demonstrated the disregard and disrespect they have for this community. It was a sickening and appalling act on a day which should bring people together.”
West Tyrone SDLP MLA, Daniel McCrossan, said everyone must unite in condemnation of the incident.
The area’s MP, Barry McElduff, said everyone should have the right to remember their dead without disruption.