Bomb found at N Ireland school

2010-09-06 15:10

Dublin - Police and politicians said on Monday that a Catholic elementary school has been evacuated in Northern Ireland after an 8-year-old boy found a suspected pipebomb in the schoolyard and gave it to a teacher.

Sky News also reported that police were investigating a security alert at another school in the area.

British Army explosives experts are examining the suspicious object at St Comgall's Primary School in Ballymena but have not confirmed if it is a real bomb.

About 400 children aged 4 to 11 have been evacuated to a Catholic Church hall.

No group claimed responsibility. Ballymena is a predominantly Protestant town that has suffered from sectarian attacks against its Catholic minority.

The town's police commander, Simon Walls, suggested the alert involved a real bomb. He said it was "by sheer good fortune that we are not dealing with a severely injured child right now".