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'Viable device' behind Belfast rush hour security alert that caused traffic gridlock

Car covered in 'AAD' graffiti at centre of incident

A viable device was the cause of an early morning security alert which caused traffic chaos across Belfast.

A car on North Queen Street was the subject of intense investigations for most of Tuesday morning. Parts of the Westlink and its onslips were closed while police and the Army attended the scene.

Residents were also forced out of their homes for most of the night.

Windows of the car were smashed and 'AAD' (Action Against Drugs) graffiti daubed on it.

The alert caused widespread disruption in the city on the Tuesday morning commute.

Sources told the Belfast Telegraph a number of controlled explosions were carried out on the car.

Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee condemned those responsible

He said: "This disruption to the local community is unacceptable. Incidents like these need to stop. There is no place for it in our society.

“Those behind these attacks need to end their war with the community.

“Anyone with information should contact the PSNI.”

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland, from Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch, said: "I want to thank local people and the wider community for their patience and understanding throughout the operation, which was necessary to ensure the safety of local residents and those travelling in and around the area.

"I would appeal for anyone with information about this incident, or who saw any unusual activity in the area to contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 1514 of 11/09/17. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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