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Sinn Féin comment on Lurgan bomb find

5 April, 2007

Commenting on the find of a mortar bomb outside Lurgan this evening Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd said that the community in the area simply wanted their district returned to normal as soon as

Mr O'Dowd said:

"From last Thursday through to Sunday this area was in the midst of a major security operation being conducted by the PSNI. People were relieved when that operation ended and the area began to return to normality.

"However this evening it has been confirmed that a device has been found close to the railway line. A major operation is again underway and the railway line is closed. Clearly this will result in significant disruption.

"Whoever left this beside the railway line need to seriously reflect upon their actions. If it was one of the republican micro groups then I would call on them to reflect upon exactly what they are trying to achieve. This sort of pointless activity will not result in Irish Unity. The way to achieve a United Ireland is through peaceful and democratic activity. The Republican people in this area and indeed across the north sent out a very clear message to these groups in the recent election.

"They need to end their futile campaigns and listen to what republican communities are saying to them. There is no justification for ongoing armed activity." ENDS

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