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Pipe bombs discovered at a house in north Belfast

Published 15/06/2016

Police at the scene of a Security Alert in the Etna Drive of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police at the scene of a Security Alert in the Etna Drive of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police at the scene of a Security Alert in the Etna Drive of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police and search dogs at the scene of a security alert on Etna Drive in north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object , Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police and search dogs at the scene of a security alert on Etna Drive in north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object , Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police and search dogs at the scene of a security alert on Etna Drive in north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object , Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police and search dogs at the scene of a security alert on Etna Drive in north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object , Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police and search dogs at the scene of a security alert on Etna Drive in north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object , Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph
Police at the scene of a Security Alert in the Etna Drive of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspect object Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

The find at a property on Etna Drive - just off Brompton Park - sparked a security operation on Wednesday afternoon during which residents were evacuated from their home for around six hours.

On Wednesday evening the PSNI revealed that a bag of pipe bombs had been found - and have been made safe.

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie said a number of controlled explosions were carried out.

"Police were called to the area at around 2pm after a bag containing what appeared to be a number of pipe bombs was discovered," he said.

"The items were examined by police and ATO and a number of controlled explosions were carried out.

"ATO has determined that the bag did indeed contain the component parts for a number of pipe bombs and these have now been removed for examination."

He has issued an appeal for information about the incident.

Detectives at Musgrave Reactive and Organised Crime are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them. Please call 101, quoting reference 588 15/06/16.

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In April Fr Donegan criticised paramilitaries at a rally for murdered north Belfast taxi driver Michael McGibbon, the 33-year-old father-of-four who bled to death after he was shot in the legs by dissidents.

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