Belfast Telegraph

Residents evacuated after pipebomb found

A viable pipebomb has been recovered by police.

The explosive was made safe after being found in Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast.

The PSNI described the device as a "viable pipebomb type" and said a number of residents had to be evacuated during the security alert.

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"A number of residents were moved from their homes during this alert and we are thankful to them for their patience," he said.

"Those who left this device in a residential area clearly have no regard for the people who live here and I am appealing for the community's support in identifying the perpetrators."

Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey condemned the incident.

"This device could have endangered residents in the area," he said.

"There can be no justification for this attack and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police."

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