Army defuses pipe bomb

Paddy Murray said he had been targeted before

Army bomb experts have defused a pipe bomb in County Down.

The device, which police described as "viable", was found at about 1120 BST on Monday in the Oriel Drive area of Downpatrick.

People from a number of houses had to be evacuated while it was made safe.

Police said they were keeping an open mind as to who was responsible for the attack.

Several items have been taken away for forensic examination.

Officers have appealed for anyone with information concerning the incident to contact them.

Meanwhile, a man whose home in Antrim was targeted in a pipe bomb attack has blamed loyalists.

The device exploded at about 0400 BST on Monday at the Rathenraw estate area.

Paddy Murray, his wife and their 16-year-old son escaped injury in the attack.

The letterbox was damaged at the house in Norfolk Street.

Mr Murray said he had been targeted before.

"I got out of jail under the Good Friday Agreement in 2000, and since then, I have been a target for loyalist hate mobs," he said.

"I am also a community worker, and I do a lot of work on the estate.

"We would come out and argue against what's going on in Antrim town, which leaves me as a target."

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