Belfast bomb was meant to kill car crime police officers
A bomb recovered in west Belfast after a two day security operation could have killed, police have said.
The alert began at 6pm on Saturday after a report that a suspicious object had been left in the Brians Well Road area of Dunmurry.
There was significant disruption as the Brians Well Road was closed.
The road remained closed until yesterday evening when police confirmed that the device had been examined by Army experts who "declared it to be a viable explosive device".
It is believed that those who left the deadly device had been targeting members of the PSNI Auto Crime Team.
Chief Superintendent Chris Noble said: "I believe it was designed to kill or seriously injure officers serving the local community in west Belfast, but it was also left in a position where there is every possibility that it could have killed or maimed members of the public.
"Those who left this device have shown callous disregard for the safety of the local community and the police officers serving this community. We are extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured."
As Army experts dealt with the device, one republican website complained of "Crown forces" allegedly "swamping" west Belfast.