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Pipe-bomb alert forces families from homes

By Anna Maguire

Residents of 15 homes in south Belfast were evacuated last night after the discovery of a pipe-bomb.

The incident on Dunluce Avenue has been described as a sinister development by local MLA Conall McDevitt.

A number of residents were evacuated for some time at around 7pm as Army technical officers examined the device. The pipe-bomb — which police have said was viable — was taken away for examination.

Mr McDevitt described the incident as “exceptionally worrying”, and added: “It’s a very sinister development. Whatever the motive behind it was, it was a senseless thing to do.”

He added: “We do not generally have a culture of pipe-bombs in south Belfast and the people who left this device are to be condemned.

“I would appeal to everyone in the area who might have any information about this device to please contact the police.”

Police have appealed for information about the incident and can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or information can be confidentially passed via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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