A viable pipe bomb was discovered close to where a Remembrance Sunday parade was set to begin, earlier today.
Police have confirmed that the ‘suspicious package’ discovered near a war memorial in Omagh, Northern Ireland, was a bomb type device.
They branded the incident a ‘sickening attempt by cowards to create fear’.
Following the discovery the march was diverted and the traditional wreath-laying at the Co Tyrone town’s cenotaph was postponed.
The area was also sealed off.
A spokesman for the PSNI said: ‘This is a sickening attempt by cowards to create fear and disruption on a day when many gather to pay their respects to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and must be unreservedly condemned.’
Chief Inspector Graham Dodds said: ‘The safety of the community is of paramount importance and we will not take any risks.
‘I would like to reassure the public that we are working hard to make the area safe and that we will continue to provide updates on any impact to today’s event.’
The device has now been taken away for further forensic examination.
The incident comes almost two decades after a dissident republican Real IRA blast killed 29 in the busy market town in 1998.Let's