Gardaí are fearful of an escalation in a Traveller feud after a pipebomb was discovered in Limerick at the weekend.
The device was found at about 10am on Saturday, wrapped in plastic. It had been placed in a gully near a house in Rathkeale, Co Limerick.
Gardaí recovered the device after receiving a tip off. They said the “viable” bomb would have caused serious injury or death if it had been detonated.
An army explosive ordnance explosive unit came from Cork and carried out a controlled explosion. Residents in a nearby Traveller estate were evacuated from their homes.
The unit team made safe the area — known as Five Crosses Rd — at about 3pm.
Despite local reports, gardaí said guns and cash were not recovered during the investigation.
Last Christmas, one Traveller was stabbed in the town sustaining serious injuries. There have also been two pipebomb attacks in the town in the past two years.
According to local sources, a dispute between three families in the town has escalated in recent weeks.
In a separate incident last week, three men from the Travelling community were shot at as they sat in their car in nearby Askeaton.
One of the men was chased by a gunman through his house and received gunshot wounds to his hand and head.
* Gardaí can be contacted about the latest incident on 061 601630 or on 061 212400.
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