Booby trap bomb found underneath female soldier’s car

The Scene at Corbacky Road, Portadown, on Friday afternoon where a suspect device was found attached to a car.
The Scene at Corbacky Road, Portadown, on Friday afternoon where a suspect device was found attached to a car.

A booby trap bomb has been found underneath a female soldier’s car in Portadown.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the vehicle in Corbracky Road at about 4.45pm.

Upper Bann MP David Simpson said it was his understanding that the Army officer found the device earlier on Friday and that she phoned police.

Bomb disposal officers were called to scene and a number of houses have been evacuated.

Mr Simpson said it was a “very serious situation” and condemned those responsible.

“This is very alarming news from the PSNI this evening and my thoughts are with the individual who is dealing with this very distressing situation,” he said.

“I have been speaking to the police about the incident and will continue contact with them as they work to ensure the safety of the public.

“This incident reminds us that a small group of people remain dedicated to dragging Northern Ireland backwards. On a day when efforts have been made to move our political process forward this stands in stark contrast to those who have nothing to offer our society other than fear and disruption.”

Part of Corbracky Road has been closed to traffic and diversions are in place.