Device explodes in Belfast street - residents escape unhurt
A suspected pipe bomb has exploded in the middle of a road in a residential area of west Belfast.
It was one of two separate pipe bomb attacks in Northern Ireland within five hours of each other.
The Belfast incident happened at around 3am yesterday outside a house in Colinbrook Park, Poleglass. No one was injured when the device was thrown into the street but a home was damaged in the explosion.
Sinn Fein MLA Orlaithi Flynn condemned the attack, which she said put lives in danger.
"This attack in a built-up area endangered the local residents. There can be no justification for this attack and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police," she said.
A window of a nearby house was smashed when shrapnel was hurled by the blast.
Earlier, there was a pipe bomb attack at a house on the Stewartstown Road in Coalisland, Co Tyrone.
The device, described by police as viable, is thought to have been thrown from a passing car at around 9.55pm on Wednesday night. No one was injured.
SDLP councillor Malachy Quinn condemned the attack as "disgusting and senseless".
"This was a viable device that had only one purpose and that was to maim and injure," he said.
"This is a busy part of the town and even at that time of night there are cars and people coming home from nights out that could have been caught up in any explosion.
"The people involved in this attack offer nothing to the community and they should be ashamed of their actions.
"While I am thankful that no one was hurt in this incident there was a lot of disruption caused to local residents and people trying to get home with road closures in place.
"The people living on the Stewartstown Road do not want this type of activity in their area and it must be rejected at all times.
PSNI Detective Constable Alan Ford has urged anyone with information to contact detectives at Cookstown on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1322 21/12/16.
Police also appealed for anyone with information about the Belfast attack who may have noticed suspicious activity in Colinbrook Park between 2.30am and 3am to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 101, quoting reference 215 22/12/16.