East Belfast bombers 'showed a reckless disregard for life'
The culprits who left a bomb on a busy road in east Belfast yesterday displayed a reckless disregard for people's lives, the local MP has said.
A report of a suspicious object brought part of the Beersbridge Road to a standstill for more than three hours yesterday.
Army officers who dealt with the home-made bomb later removed it for forensic examination.
It is thought the device may have included items like fireworks and nails placed inside a tin can and attached to a public phone box. Police said it was "viable".
Local sources said a number of bangs were heard in the area at around 9pm on Tuesday before yesterday's alert.
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson condemned those responsible.
"Anyone involved in constructing such a device has a reckless disregard for the lives of people in the area," he said.
"Given the nature of any such device there was the potential for serious injury or worse. There was disruption to the lives of people in the area as necessary precautions were taken to make it safe.
"I would pay tribute to the emergency services who are called to deal with such situations, as they put themselves on the front line to protect the public.
"We all owe them an immense debt of gratitude," he added.
PSNI Inspector Thornton appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101.
Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.