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Belfast bomb was planted close to infirm woman's home - target 'may have been police'

By Michael McHugh

A substantial bomb was discovered close to the house of an elderly and infirm woman in north Belfast, police said.

More than 30 houses were evacuated on yesterday after the PSNI found the object during a search at the back of the property in Jamaica Street, Ardoyne. Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process are suspected of being responsible.

Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn said the explosive was intended to kill and the target may have been police officers.

He added: "People have perhaps used the infirmity of this woman to actually store this murderous device in the rear of the property."

It is not clear whether the device had been left to target officers at the location or was being prepared for use elsewhere.

North Belfast has been subjected to this type of attack in previous years. A device was attached to a child's bicycle on the Antrim Road last year.

Police were carrying out searches at Jamaica Street under warrant when they discovered the bomb.

Mr Freeburn pointed out that it was a very built up area.

"The community in North Belfast is extremely angry this morning. I am very angry that someone would put the lives of their community at risk in this way and I would ask people to transfer their anger into action," he said.

He appealed for anybody with information to come forward.

"This device, if it had detonated, had the ability to murder not only its target but those in the immediate vicinity so it is a very worrying development," he said.

Detectives performed two house searches in Ardoyne afterwards.

"There is nothing to suggest that this was anything other than dissidents," Mr Freeburn said.

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