Bomb alert after explosion – one man in hospital and homes evacuated

A man has been injured after a bomb partially exploded, triggering a security alert as nearby homes are evacuated.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his hands and arms.

The incident happened in the Enniskeen area of Craigavon in northern County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on Tuesday evening.

A security alert is underway, with residents reportedly moved to a nearby church.

A PSNI spokesman said: “A number of homes in the area have been evacuated.

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

“There are no further details at this stage.”

It is understood Army bomb disposal experts have arrived at the scene.

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.”

Mr Larkham’s party colleague, Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly added: “This is a settled community that has had its peace violated this evening. No one here wants that. I will be meeting with senior police officers to discuss this matter urgently.”