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MLA deeply concerned over Omagh shooting incident and discovery of suspicious device

Published: 26 January, 2013

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer says he is deeply concerned following a shooting incident in Omagh on Friday night and the subsequent discovery of a suspicious object.

Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after he visited the scene in Coolnagard housing development on the outskirts of Omagh where he spoke to residents and the PSNI.

According to the local MLA 'After the shooting incident on Friday night, the PSNI launched a follow up investigation. During the course of that probe a suspicious object was found and this is now being dealt with by the bomb disposal team. Local residents living close to the scene have been evacuated from their homes. Most have opted to stay with family or friends until it is deemed safe to return.

'I spoke to several of the evacuated residents and they are very concerned that such a sinister incident involving the discharge of a firearm and a suspicious device has taken place in their community. I am therefore relieved that no one has been hurt or injured in this incident.

'Coolnagard is a very quiet residential area of the town where people from all sections of the community live side by side and where community relations are very good. The investigation is still ongoing so I await further details from the PSNI as to the exact nature of the events which unfolded here on Friday night'.