Two viable devices have been discovered in Co Armagh following a security alert.

Police were called to the Enniskeen area of Craigavon at around 11.45pm on Saturday following a report of a suspicious object.

The area was cordoned off and a number of houses were evacuated while army bomb experts worked at the scene.

Detective Sergeant Foley said: "Police received a report at 11:45pm last night of a loud bang in the area sometime between 11:20pm and 11:30pm.

"Police attended and ATO were tasked to the scene when it was established that a device had detonated outside the house. 

"A female and a number of young children in the house at the time were not injured, and no damage was caused to the property," said Det Sgt Foley.

"When ATO were on scene, a second pipe-bomb device was discovered. Both devices have been declared as viable."

Residents who were evacuated from their homes were allowed to return this morning.

"The remnants of the device that exploded and the second device have been seized by police and taken away for further forensic examination."

The detective continued: "This was a reckless attack by those responsible, and we are extremely fortunate that we are not dealing with any serious injuries or worse today. Anyone could have picked up these potentially deadly devices, and those behind the attack have clearly no regard for the safety of the others."

The PSNI has appealed for anyone in the area last night to get in touch with information on suspicious activity or vehicles.

Information can be provided through calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1611 of 16/02/19.

Or information can be given by anonymously calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.