Dissidents blamed for Ardoyne device
Dissident republicans have been blamed for planting a large, viable bomb close to shops and a church in north Belfast.
Police found the device following a day-long security alert in the Ardoyne area of the city that caused disruption to residents.
Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said the bomb had been designed to kill.
"If this bomb had exploded, people would have been killed or seriously injured," he said.
"We could have been looking at absolute carnage.
"These people have no regard for their own community and I must pay tribute to communities on all sides of this interface who have been co-operating with the police to minimise the disruption."
The security operation swung into action after a late-night call to a local priest.
Fr Gary Donegan of Holy Cross church in Ardoyne helped evacuate people from their homes after getting the call at midnight.
Fr Donegan said those responsible were "reckless".
"It is crazy for anyone to think there was any sort of merit in this," he told the Belfast Telegraph.