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Police probe pipe bomb find

Police are investigating whether a pipe bomb found in north Belfast had been thrown at their officers.

The viable device was discovered close to a commercial premises on the city's Whitewell Road last night.

A number of residents were evacuated from the area as Army technical officers made the bomb safe.

The PSNI said one line of inquiry was the possibility it had been hurled at police.

Last week similar devices were thrown at police patrols in Londonderry and Newtownabbey. Both failed to explode.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process have been blamed for the attacks.

North Belfast councillor Patrick Convery condemned the perpetrators of the latest pipe bomb attack.

"Those responsible for throwing this pipe bomb were acting in a totally reckless manner," said the SDLP representative.

"They caused a great deal of inconvenience to people living in the Whitewell Road area.

"The fact that this was a viable device is extremely worrying and we are very fortunate that someone has not been injured or indeed worse.

"Those behind this security alert have nothing positive to offer our society. All they do is cause fear and disruption to the local community.

"I would urge anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward to the PSNI as soon as possible."

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