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Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police had to evacuate residents during the security alert

Police had to evacuate residents during the security alert

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Police and ATO deal with a viable pipe bomb in the garden of a property at Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast on July 16th 2017 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A viable pipebomb has been recovered by police.

The explosive was made safe after being found in Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast.

The PSNI described the device as a "viable pipebomb type" and said a number of residents had to be evacuated during the security alert.

Detective Inspector Paul Rowland appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

"A number of residents were moved from their homes during this alert and we are thankful to them for their patience," he said.

"Those who left this device in a residential area clearly have no regard for the people who live here and I am appealing for the community's support in identifying the perpetrators."

Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey condemned the incident.

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"This device could have endangered residents in the area," he said.

"There can be no justification for this attack and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police."


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