Belfast Telegraph

Evacuation after pipe bomb explodes

A small pipe bomb has exploded in west Belfast, and a second suspicious device also placed in the St James area failed to explode.

No one was injured in the incident. However a number of homes were evacuated while bomb disposal experts examined the scenes.

The first device, which was understood to be attached to a petrol can, detonated in St James Park around 8pm on Monday. The second was discovered in La Salle Park a short time later.

Sinn Fein councillor for west Belfast Briege Brownlee condemned those behind the attack. "Whoever is behind these devices has shown absolute disregard for this community," she said.

"These are viable and dangerous devices. The first pipe bomb went of around 8pm and was attached to a gallon drum of petrol. The second, which was discovered only minutes later, was outside the home of another resident and is of a similar design.

"Anybody could have been passing these devices when they went off and this could had serious consequences with injuries or death. There are families with children in and about this community who are now rightly concerned at these events.

"Those responsible for the leaving of these pipe bombs must seriously consider their actions.

"They have attacked this entire community. The need now to come forward and explain what warped logic they had for these actions.

"St James has suffered enough over the period of the conflict without reckless actions such as this causing distress and upset."

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