Bomb attack on station condemned
A bomb attack on a police station in north Belfast which forced about 40 families from their homes has been condemned.
The device blew up in the early hours of Wednesday, February 3, at Oldpark barracks, destroying perimeter fencing. Army technical officers were called in and surrounding properties were evacuated. Dissident republicans have been blamed.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said: “I am appalled by this explosion which has all the hallmarks of a dissident republican terrorist attack.
“This police station is located in a residential area, surrounded by housing on all sides.
“These reckless terrorists cared not that they were putting the lives of local people at risk with this explosive device which caused damage to the perimeter fencing of the station.”
North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness said: “These actions should be condemned by all democratic politicians and do not enjoy the support of the local community who have been seriously inconvenienced and put in danger by this attack.”
Meanwhile, a device left on the Oldpark Road on Thursday, February 4, was a crude hoax, police have said.
The road was closed after the discovery of the suspect object between Rossapena Street and Churchview Court and families were evacuated.