Pictured: Pipe bomb cause of Belfast 'small explosion'
Police have said a viable pipe bomb device was the cause of an explosion in Belfast.
Forensics and officers spent most of Thursday in Creeslough Court in Lenadoon area following a "small explosion" on Wednesday at around 8pm.
It's thought the device was thrown into the back garden of a home in the area.
The Army bomb squad attended the scene and examined the remnants of what they described as being a viable pipe bomb type device. A number of items have been removed for further examination.
Detective Sergeant Gardiner said: “Those responsible for this reckless attack showed blatant disregard for the occupants of the property and the local community.
"Thankfully, no one was injured when this device detonated in the rear garden of the house. The overwhelming number of people in the community do not want this type of activity and we, as a police service, will continue to work to bring those responsible before the courts.
“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who knows anything about the circumstances surrounding it to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101, quoting reference 1198 07/02/18. Alternatively information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”
SDLP west Belfast councillor Brian Heading described the incident as "sickening and depraved".
“Those behind this viable device are reckless criminals who pose a significant threat to this community. They have no support and should receive no shelter here," he said.
“The only way to end these attacks is for local people to come forward to the police with information.”
Sinn Fein councillor Arder Carson also condemned those responsible.
"This device was thrown in a residential area, populated with young families and elderly residents," he said.
"My understanding is that this was a viable bomb.
"This is an extremely reckless incident which has placed the lives of residents at risk."
The former Lord Mayor said those responsible had "no regard for local people" and urged anyone with information to contact police.
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