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Homes evacuated after pipe bomb found

Published 29/07/2015

Police are investigating after a pipe bomb was found in north Belfast
Police are investigating after a pipe bomb was found in north Belfast

A viable pipe bomb has been discovered in north Belfast.

Homes were evacuated and roads closed after the suspect device was found at Rosapenna Street.

Army technical experts examined the object and declared it to be a viable explosive.

The security alert has now ended.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick has appealed for any witnesses to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on the non emergency 101 number.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said those who planted the device had no support.

He said: "Those responsible for this pipe bomb are attempting to drag us back to the past but they will not succeed.

"Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident but it did bring considerable disruption to the area as a number of homes and businesses had to be evacuated.

"Whoever was behind this attack needs to realise that they do not have the support of the local community and they should stop these pointless actions immediately."

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