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  • 7 March 2014, 15:57

Derry Letter Bomb 'Addressed To Prison'

A letter bomb intercepted at a postal sorting office in Northern Ireland was addressed to a prison, Sky News sources understand.

The device, which was found in Londonderry and described by police as "viable", is believed to have been posted to Maghaberry Prison in Lisburn.

It was contained within a white A4 envelope, on which the address had been written in grey ink using a stencil.

Another suspicious package found at a sorting office in Lisburn is also thought to have been addressed to Maghaberry Prison.

A bomb disposal robot was seen outside the building, which was cordoned off by police.

In a joint statement, First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they "utterly condemn" the devices.

"The people behind these letter bombs are opposed to the democratic will of the people and want to drag us back to the past," they added.

The discovery of the devices comes less than a month after explosive packages were posted to seven Army careers offices in England.

A group calling itself the IRA claimed responsibility for the packets, which were found in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury, Slough, Aldershot, Reading and Chatham.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland advised members of the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious packages.

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