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Belfast security alert: Pipe bomb found in Dunmurry Lane garden

A pipe bomb has been found in the front garden of a house in Upper Dunmurry Lane on the outskirts of west Belfast.

The discovery was reported to police at about 1.30pm on Wednesday, after 'viable device' was found.

The road was closed between The Green and Dunmurry Lane.

It is the eighth security alert in Northern Ireland since a bomb exploded under a prison officer's van in east Belfast on Friday.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann said the device had caused "massive disruption including people having to be evacuated from their homes and traffic chaos in the area”.

Ms McCann added: "Schools are closing for the day which is posing severe problems for families attempting to collect their children.

"Local residents are rightfully angry at this incident and the people behind these recent spate of attacks have done nothing but brought hardship to local communities and need to stop this activity immediately."

A bomb alert is now over and the road reopened.

The PSNI said in statement: "The security alert at Dunmurry Lane has ended. A suspicious object was examined and has been declared a viable pipe bomb type device. The device has been removed for further examination and roads have re-opened.

"Inspector James Murphy has appealed to anyone with any information about this incident to contact police in Woodbourne on 101."

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