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Belfast pipe-bomb attack family vow to stay put

By Patrice Dougan

A family targeted by pipe-bomber say they won’t be intimidated after a device was thrown through the window of their Poleglass home.

Joanne Gavin, her mother Hannah (58) and two children all escaped without injury after the device failed to go off.

The bomb — which army explosives experts later confirmed was viable — was hurled at the house in Woodside Park at around 10pm on Tuesday.

A number of homes in the area were evacuated and a nearby community centre opened to accommodate the residents.

Around 60 people were affected, including a number of elderly women, one of whom was only recently discharged from hospital.

They were able to return to their homes after the security alert ended at 2.40am yesterday.

The family yesterday insisted they will not leave their home.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann described the attack as “completely reckless”.

“Their only intention was to cause hurt to or even kill those who they targeted and in doing so have endangered all those families who live in this street,” she said.

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