A viable explosive device has been found in south Belfast.
The discovery of the suspicious item in the Village area prompted a security alert in the Kitchener Street area and led to a number of residents being evacuated.
Police confirmed the object was explosive and had the potential to cause serious harm.
PSNI chief inspector Gabriel Moran said: "Last night, following the discovery of a suspect device, members of the community in the Village area had to be moved from their homes as officers had to move swiftly to ensure their safety.
"Many of the residents were older members of the community for whom this would have been distressing, especially given the time of night.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their patience and also extend thanks to all those who provided facilities during this operation.
"The discarded device was viable and had the potential to cause serious harm. I would appeal to anyone with information to talk to police and tell us what they know."