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Pipe bomb found in garden


Police have removed the pipe bomb for further examination

Police have removed the pipe bomb for further examination

Police have removed the pipe bomb for further examination

A pipe bomb has been found in the garden of a house in west Belfast.

Police confirmed the explosive at Dunmurry Lane was viable and removed it for further examination. It caused traffic chaos, the evacuation of local residents and closure of schools.

A string of security alerts and a bomb attack which injured a prison officer in East Belfast in recent days have been linked to dissident republicans.

Police chiefs have warned the anti-peace process gunmen could ramp up their activities as the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising - when Ireland rebelled from Britain - approaches.

Sinn Fein Stormont Assembly member Jennifer McCann said: "Local residents are rightfully angry at this incident and the people behind these recent spate of attacks have done nothing but brought hardship to local communities and need to stop this activity immediately."

She said schools had closed for the day, posing problems for families collecting children.

"The security alert in Dunmurry Lane has caused massive disruption including people having to be evacuated from their homes and traffic chaos in the area."

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Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Inspector James Murphy appealed to anyone with any information about the incident to contact the force.

"The security alert at Dunmurry Lane has ended. A suspicious object was examined and has been declared a viable pipe bomb type device. The device has been removed for further examination and roads have re-opened."

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