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Device found in garden confirmed as bomb

By Staff Reporter

A viable bomb was found in the garden of a house in north Belfast at the weekend.

Police received a report that a suspicious object had been discovered outside the property on Kinnaird Street at around 9.30pm on Friday.

A number of residents were evacuated from their homes as Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene and declared the object a viable device. It was taken away for further examination. The security alert ended at around 1.40am on Saturday.

Ulster Unionist candidate for North Belfast, Robert Foster, said the bomb could have caused a tragedy.

"I unreservedly condemn those responsible for this security alert in north Belfast, caused by the discovery of a viable explosive device," he commented.

"Had it exploded, it could have caused serious injuries or fatalities. Many local residents had to evacuate their homes for the duration of the alert, lasting from around 9.30pm on Friday to the early hours of Saturday morning.

"The people of north Belfast want a peaceful future and those behind these attacks need to realise they have no support amongst the wider public for their actions. We are not interested in this sort of criminality, instead we want to start to work on the issues that really matter," he added.

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