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Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast

Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Police officers at the scene of a suspected pipe bomb on the Oldpark Road in Belfast Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

A viable pipe bomb was found in Rosapenna Street, north Belfast on Wednesday morning.

Oldpark Road was been closed between Glenview Street and Hillview Road while the Army bomb squad inspected the device.

A number of properties in the area were evacuated, with Cliftonville Community Centre made available for residents.

The security alert ended at about 2pm after Ammunition Technical Officers declared it to be a "viable pipe bomb type device".

Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick is appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to contact Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number, 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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