Pipe bomb explodes inside vehicle in Ballymena

Police are investigating. Credit: UTV

A pipe bomb discovered in the rear of a vehicle has exploded in Ballymena.

It happened shortly after 11pm on Friday 5 June close to shops on the Crebilly Road.

Police received a report that a car had been set on fire. When officers attended the scene they observed a suspicious object in the rear of the vehicle.

The object was declared to be the remnants of a pipe bomb type device that had detonated.

Damage was caused to the car as a result of the incident.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “This was a reckless act that had the potential to cause serious injury to anyone who was close to the car when the device detonated.

“Detectives are working to establish a motive and identify those responsible and I am appealing to anyone with information, or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 2092 05/06/20.”