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Man arrested over explosive device in north Belfast

An 18-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating the discovery of an explosive device in north Belfast.

Last Friday the explosive device was placed in the busy Ardoyne area, prompting a day long security alert with many homes and businesses evacuated.

The alarm was raised when a bomb threat was phoned in to a local priest. The bomb was left close to the junction of the Crumlin Road and Brompton Park near Holy Cross Church.

Army technical officers carried out a controlled explosion on the cylindrical device.

The suspect was detained as police conducted a number of searches in the area this morning.

Detective Inspector David Lowans from Serious Crime Branch said the suspect had been taken to Antrim police station for questioning and that the investigation was continuing.

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