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Bomb left in gas box of Belfast house partially explodes

Police are investigating a bomb attack on a house in Belfast.

Detectives said the "crude explosive device", left at a house in St Gall's Avenue in the west of the city on Friday, September 15, had partially detonated.

Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann condemned those responsible, saying the consequences could have been "too horrific to even imagine".

"This morning I have engaged both the PSNI and the local housing association to ensure urgent follow-up action is undertaken," he said.

"I have sought additional police patrols in and around the area concerned. I have also been speaking to the Chief Executive of Choice Housing  and asked they work with residents who have been impacted or may have concerns.

"The people who carried out this attack last night have no place in our community."

A PSNI spokesman said: "At around 8.40pm police responded to a report of a smell of petrol at a house on the street.  Upon attendance a suspicious object was discovered inside the gas box of a property. The remnants of the device were removed for further examination."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Musgrave Police Station on 101 quoting reference 1422 of 15/09/17.

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