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Explosive device left outside Belfast property after fight at party

By Deborah McAleese

Published 02/11/2015

Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister
Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister

An explosive device was planted outside a house in north Belfast following a fight at the property during a party earlier.

Police said that a "crude, but viable" device was discovered during a significant security alert in the area following the discovery of a suspicious object.

It is understood the device consisted of a beer tin and fireworks and had been left on the window sill of the house at Ainsworth Avenue.

Several properties had to be evacuated yesterday morning and the road closed to traffic while the device was investigated by police.

A male occupant of the house is believed to have become embroiled in a fight with another man during an overnight party before the device was discovered.

"He doesn't know who he got into a fight with but I think it was quite violent," said a neighbour of the man. "He thinks whoever he was fighting with was behind this."

Inspector David McBride appealed for anyone with any information about the incident to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

There have been a number of security alerts in north Belfast in recent weeks. Last month police officers discovered an explosive device which they believed was an under-car booby trap bomb.

The discovery in the Linden Gardens area sparked a major security alert, with residents evacuated from their homes.

Police said the device was designed to kill or maim.

A few days later there was disruption in the Oldpark area following the discovery of a suspicious object that turned out to be an "elaborate hoax".

Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister has said people in north Belfast are "sick and tired" of the disruption caused by the alerts.

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