Three viable pipebombs — one packed with nails — were defused during a security alert in west Belfast yesterday.
The devices were discovered in the Shields Street area of the Falls Road at 8am. The find triggered a major police operation with the busy road closed for much of the morning.
Army technical officers attended the scene and removed the bombs after making them safe.
Last night, PSNI Chief Inspector Amanda Cooke revealed that one of the bombs was filled with nails.
“If one of these had gone off there was every chance it could have either seriously injured or even killed someone in the area,” she said.
Sinn Fein West Belfast Assembly member Paul Maskey condemned those responsible.
“This morning's find shows a total disregard for the community of the Falls Road and their |safety,” he said.
“Anyone who knows that area knows well that weekday mornings see the road choc-a-bloc with children travelling to school, people heading to work as well as many other people going about their daily business.”
SDLP MLA for the area Alex Attwood said the three pipe bombs were designed to kill.
“The people who placed these devices are to be condemned,” he said.
Meanwhile, a suspicious object found near the courthouse in |Armagh has been declared a hoax.