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Bomb seized in west Belfast: Man due in court in connection with holdall bomb find

By John Mulgrew

A 22-year-old man is due in court on Monday in connection with a holdall bomb seized by police in west Belfast.

The bag containing an improvised explosive device was discovered by officers in the Shaw's Road area of west Belfast on Thursday night.

According to police, a holdall containing an 'improvised explosive device' was seized from a man after he was stopped in the area at around 11pm.

During a follow-up police search operation in the Lenadoon Avenue area of west Belfast, officers discovered a viable pipe bomb device and a quantity of ammunition.

It comes after police officers and a young family escaped injury after a mortar device - triggered by command wire - was launched at a police Land Rover in a separate incident earlier this month.

A dissident republican group which refers to itself as the IRA claimed responsibility.

The group also said the bomb struck the PSNI Land Rover.

Police had previously said only a small amount of damage had been caused to the vehicle.

Dissidents had claimed they used newly-imported Semtex during the murder attempt on police officers.

Activated by a command wire, the explosive contained recently acquired military-grade Semtex, according to those responsible.

But security sources have played down the claim.

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