'Suspicious device' found in Omagh ahead of Remembrance Sunday ceremony

The Omagh bombing inflicted the greatest single loss of life of any terror atrocity in the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles

The Omagh bombing inflicted the greatest single loss of life of any terror atrocity in the history of the Northern Ireland Troubles

Police have confirmed that the 'suspicious package' discovered near a war memorial in Omagh, Northern Ireland, was a bomb type device.

Cordons remain in place at Drumragh Avenue, Mountjoy Road, Sedan Avenue, George Street and High Street. Police do not know if it will be possible for it to continue.

PSNI Chief Inspector Graham Dodds this morning said it was too early to say "if or how" the ceremony at the cenotaph in the town would be affected.

Several hundred people were expected to attend the Remembrance Sunday parade in the centre of Omagh today.

Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said: "This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the fearless men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and must be unreservedly condemned".

"I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to make the area safe and that we will continue to provide updates on any impact to today's event".

The DUP's West Tyrone MLA Tom Buchanan expressed "disgust" following the security alert.

"Omagh has a long association of service within our Armed Forces and those who served came from all backgrounds and traditions".

The rest of the Remembrance Sunday service was able to go ahead, according to the BBC.

"This small but potentially unsafe device was left to cause the maximum amount of disruption to the Remembrance Sunday commemorations".

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