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Pipe bomb found during Belfast North Queen Street security alert

Two women suspected of breaching police cordon arrested

Published 09/08/2016

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on North Queen Street area of Belfast where a pipe shaped object has been found 9th August 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on North Queen Street area of Belfast where a pipe shaped object has been found 9th August 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on North Queen Street area of Belfast where a pipe shaped object has been found 9th August 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on North Queen Street area of Belfast where a pipe shaped object has been found 9th August 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert on North Queen Street area of Belfast where a pipe shaped object has been found 9th August 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

A pipe bomb has been uncovered during the security alert in North Queen Street in Belfast.

Police were forced to close the road on Tuesday morning after a suspicious object was found.

The Army bomb squad examined the object and carried out a controlled explosion.

It has been taken away for further examination.

During the alert two woman aged 27 and 38, were arrested on suspicion of breaching the police cordon and are currently being questioned by police.

Detective Inspector Mary White said: “This incident has caused massive inconvenience, disruption and upset for the local community of north Belfast and I would like to thank the members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the operation this morning.

“I am appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the North Queen Street area close to Spamount Street or anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Musgrave Police Station on 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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