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Homes evacuated in Belfast pipe bomb attack - man arrested

Homes were evacuated in north Belfast after a pipe bomb was thrown into the area.

Police have arrested a man.

The device was thrown in the North Queen Street area at around 11.55pm on Sunday.

Police and the army bomb squad attended the scene and cordons put in place. Residents were forced from their homes while the object was examined.

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Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb left at the back door of a property in the North Queen Street area of Belfast , close to Tigers bay on February 19th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

It is understood the device was left at the back door of a property on Cultra Street, the front door of the house is on North Queen Street. Windows were also smashed of the home.

Inspector Laura Kelly said: "The object has now been declared a viable pipe bomb type device which has been made safe and removed for further examination.

"A 27-year-old man has been arrested in relation to this incident and is currently in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.

"Cordons have now been removed and all roads re-opened, however, officers remain in the area this morning conducting a thorough examination of the scene.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police in Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1349 18/02/18.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb left at the back door of a property in the North Queen Street area of Belfast , close to Tigers bay on February 19th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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