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North Belfast pipe bomb find: Police launch attempted murder investigation

Published 11/08/2016

Scene of the security alert in North Queen Street area of Belfast
Scene of the security alert in North Queen Street area of Belfast

Police have launched an attempted murder investigation after a viable pipe bomb type device was found in north Belfast.

It is believed that the device, which was found on North Queen Street on Tuesday morning, had been thrown at a police vehicle the night before.

DCI Peter Montgomery said: “ATO examined a suspicious object that was discovered in the area, carried out a controlled explosion, and later declared it to be a viable device which was removed for further forensic examination.

"It is now believed that this device was most likely thrown at a police vehicle the evening before. If this is an attack on police officers, we are very lucky that none of my colleagues or members of the public were injured.

“This incident also caused massive inconvenience, disruption and upset for the local community of north Belfast and I would like to reiterate our thanks to the members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the operation on Tuesday morning.

He added that police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “I am appealing for anyone who noticed any activity in the North Queen Street area, close to Spamount Street, between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. I am also interested in speaking to the driver of a White Van seen in North Queen Street, just before midnight.

"Anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 247 of 09/08/16. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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