Monday 12 March 2012 - Bomb Disposal Team Officer Sustains Minor Injuries.
An Army Bomb Disposal Team Officer sustained minor injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated as he was attempting to render it safe in Cork City early this morning. He was removed to Cork University Hospital as a precaution and remains there under observation.
The Defence Forces deployed the Bomb Disposal Team in response to a request from Gardai in the city after a suspicious object was reported underneath a vehicle outside a private residence in Ballyvolane in Cork City. The team arrived on scene shortly before midnight and commenced operations to render the device safe. It was during this procedure, whilst lying close to the vehicle, that the device detonated and the team leader was injured at approximately 12.45am.
The Defence Forces deployed a second bomb disposal officer to the scene and the area was declared safe shortly after 2am. The remaining members of the team returned to base at 2.20am.
Updates on the condition of the Bomb Disposal Officer will follow as they are known.
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Update 9.15am - The Bomb Disposal Officer injured in the overnight incident remains in Cork University Hospital. His injuries are described as minor, including cuts, bruises and flash injuries. He is expected to be released later today.
Update 3pm - The Defence Forces can confirm that the injured Bomb Disposal Officer from the incident in the early hours of this morning, has been released from Cork University Hospital this afternoon. The Defence Forces would like to thank the general public for the messages of support and good wishes we have received for the individual concerned.