Pipe bomb found in security alert
A viable pipe bomb has been discovered during a security alert in north Belfast.
Army bomb disposal teams were called to Carlisle Parade at about 10.30pm last night to make the device safe.
Carlisle Parade, Carlisle Terrace and part of Churchill Street in the New Lodge area of the city were sealed off for several hours overnight.
A spokeswoman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said residents who were evacuated have since been allowed to return home.
This is the third security alert in Northern Ireland in three days.
Pipe bombs were thrown at police patrols in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, on Wednesday night, around 24 hours after officers in Londonderry escaped injury during a similar attack.
Dissident republican extremists opposed to the peace process have been blamed for both incidents.