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'Booby trap' under car bomb found during Belfast security alert

By John Mulgrew

A 'booby trap' under car bomb has been found during a security alert in Belfast.

The device was discovered on the Blacks Road area on Friday morning.

The bomb - said to be an under car booby trap device - may have fallen off a vehicle travelling along the stretch.

It has now been taken away for further examination.

It's not yet clear who was the intended target.

A number of homes were evacuated during the alert.

Army bomb teams dealt with the small, black device for several hours earlier on Friday.

Police have appealed for anyone who "may recall seeing anything suspicious or unusual lying on the road" to contact them.

Today, the Police Federation - which represents officers - warned members of the PSNI and their families to check vehicles for such devices.

Chair Terry Spence condemned the planting of the under car booby trap device.

He said the discovery "showed how fortunate the targetted individual was as they travelled in a busy, built up area".

Last November, an ex-police officer discovered a car bomb attached to the under-side of his vehicle as he was about to drive his child to school in east Belfast.

Dissident republicans were blamed for the murder bid.

At the time the PSNI said the un-detonated explosive bore "striking similarities" to other car bombs planted by the extremist groups in the past.

It was found by the former officer, who left the service a number of years ago, as he performed a routine security check on his vehicle outside his home on Kingsway Park in the Tullycarnet area of Dundonald.

 

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