Bomb could have killed passerby – Bradley

July 20, 2010

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh and member of the Policing Board Dominic Bradley has said that the bomb which blew up a bridge on the Carrickrovaddy Road (between Newtownhamilton and Belleek) could have killed a local person or a police officer. Commenting on the incident after visiting the scene Mr Bradley said,

‘We know from the activities of the Provisional IRA in the past that this type of under-road bomb can kill and injure.This bomb was not aimed at a the bridge it was meant to kill police officers and could also have killed or injured a local person who happened to be in the vicinity at the time. It is clear from the extent of the damage to the bridge that anyone driving a vehicle targeted by this bomb would have been killed or very seriously injured.

‘We in the SDLP said in the past that this type of activity was wrong; it was wrong in the past and it is wrong now. The people in this area don’t want it. They have had enough of it for over thirty years; what they want is a peaceful, safe, and secure environment for their children – not the possibility of family member or friend suffering death or destruction as a result of this type of activity. Many people asked at the end of the thirty years of bombs and bullets what it was all for – and even more people are asking the same question of this incident. There is and can be no justification for this type of activity and those responsible for it need to desist from it immediately.