Those responsible for leaving a pipe bomb in a residential area of south Belfast yesterday have been condemned for their actions.
Homeowners were evacuated after the viable device was discovered in Malone Park Central, 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.
DUP Assembly member 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.”
Ulster Unionist MLA Michael McGimpsey said the incident “must be utterly condemned” and added: “This sort of behaviour is not acceptable in today’s society and must not be tolerated.
“At one stage residents were evacuated from their homes and I can only imagine the fear they must have felt.
“I would therefore urge members of the public to come forward to police with any information they have.
“At this time, members of the security forces need to help and support of our local communities.”
SDLP Assembly member Carmel Hanna said: “This is a very distressing incident for the householder. Whoever left it, for whatever motive, was acting in a most irresponsible manner.”