Man arrested under terrorism act after bomb found on Irish border

Vincent Wood

Police in Northern Ireland have confirmed that a bomb was found following a security alert near the Irish border on Saturday.

The improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

During the alert residents were evacuated from their homes in the highly residential and built-up Church View area as Army bomb experts investigated.

Local Sinn Fein MP Orfhlaith Begley said: "This security alert in the Church View area of Strabane has brought nothing but disruption to the local community.

"People have had to leave their homes as a result of this security alert and have been severely inconvenienced.

"Those behind this alert have nothing to offer the people of Strabane and have no support."These actions need to end immediately.”

SDLP West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan branded the alert a disgrace as it happened on Saturday.

"Residents are being absolutely tortured by this," he said.

"Those behind this constant disruption have nothing to offer people here.

"I have spoken to police today and hope that local people can be allowed back to their homes as quickly as possible as the area is made safe."

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