Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Malone Park Central pipe bomb attack condemned

South Belfast representatives have roundly condemned a pipe bomb attack on a residential area off Balmoral Avenue this week.

South Belfast representatives have roundly condemned a pipe bomb attack on a residential area off Balmoral Avenue this week.

Homeowners living in Malone Park Central were evacuated on Monday, October 6, after “the viable device” was discovered, police said.

Army technical officers were called and it was removed for forensic examination. Residents were evacuated for a time but later allowed to return to their homes.

Speaking about the incident, South Belfast MLA Jimmy Spratt said: “Any find of this nature is worrying.

"Such devices pose a serious danger to those in the vicinity and it is with relief that the swift action of army bomb disposal has removed the threat this device posed."

”Balmoral councillor Niall Kelly said the incident showed a “total disregard for public safety”.

“It is time that we move beyond this and put the dark days behind us,” said Mr Kelly.

“At present the planting of these devices is nothing more than an inconvenience to people, but we must remember that these devices have all been viable and there is a very serious risk that people could be badly injured or even killed.”

“At one stage (during the incident) residents were evacuated from their homes and I can only imagine the fear they must have felt,” said South Belfast MLA Michael McGimpsey.

“I would therefore urge members of the public to come forward to police with any information they may have in a bid to find those responsible.

“At this time, members of the security forces need the help and support of our local communities.”

Fellow MLA for the area, Carmel Hanna, said: “I condemn those who took this action and I give my sympathy to the home owner and other residents in what is a quiet, peaceful area.”

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