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Two arrested after bomb find in Belfast

By Chris McCullough

Two men have been arrested in connection with a bomb which police say was designed to kill or injure its officers.

The device was recovered in the Brians Well Road in Dunmurry on January 15.

The men, aged 39 and 45, were arrested following further searches in the area yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said: "This device was designed to kill or seriously injure officers serving the local community in west Belfast, but it was also left in a position where it could quite easily have killed or maimed members of the public had it exploded, showing a callous disregard for the safety of the local community.

"It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured."

Mr Galloway said that over the weekend of the security alert, police carried out a number of searches and the police helicopter was also deployed.

The area was secured by officers and a full clearance operation began on Saturday evening.

"Once found, the device was declared a viable explosive by ATO, who made it safe and removed it for further forensic examination," he said.

"There are people who will know information about those responsible for this device and I would appeal for them to come forward."

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