Homes evacuated after beer-keg bomb alert in south Armagh

Road cordoned near border with Irish Republic following bomb warning

A number of families have been evacuated from their homes because of a continuing security alert in the south of County Armagh close to the border with the Irish Republic.

Army technical officers have been dealing with a suspicious device that was found near a road in the area yesterday.

Six houses had to be evacuated after the device, a beer keg with wires attached, was found by a member of the public alongside the Castleblaney road in Keady.

A bomb warning with a recognised codeword used by republican dissidents was given to a local newsroom this week.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland cordoned off a five-mile stretch of the Castleblaney road after the discovery of the keg.

Meanwhile, a man was still being questioned today over the attempted bombing of Keady police station in February, when a suspicious vehicle was abandoned in Davis Street near the building. The 39-year-old was arrested in the Lurgan area, the PSNI confirmed.

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