Viable pipe bomb found near war memorial

A viable pipe bomb was found close to a war memorial in Omagh, police in Northern Ireland have confirmed.

The security alert took place as millions of people honoured Britain's war dead at Remembrance Day commemorations across the UK.

The device has now been taken away by officers for further examination.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said: "This small but potentially dangerous device was left to cause the maximum amount of disruption to the Remembrance Sunday commemorations.

"This is the action of a small and callous group of violent people who have nothing to offer our communities other than fear and intimidation."

The alert forced the diversion of a parade and the cancellation of wreath-laying.

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