27/11/2001

Explosion in north Belfast business centre

There has been a pipe bomb explosion in north Belfast at the back of a business centre in Duncairn Gardens.

At about 8.30am on Tuesday November 27, a pipe bomb which was thrown inside the centre’s perimeter fence, exploded causing minor damage. There are no reports of anyone being injured.

Army bomb experts were called to the scene and took away a number of items for examination.

North Belfast Sinn Fein councillor Gerard Brophy has blamed the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association on the attack.

"This morning's UDA pipe bomb attack on Catholic workmen in Duncairn Gardens is the third such attack to take place since the loyalist Holy Cross blockade was called off. For some time now Catholic and nationalist workmen have been threatened, intimidated and attacked while working on sites in and around this area. Indeed such attacks and threats have escalated in the past number of weeks resulting in work stoppages at some sites.”

Meanwhile, a security alert in north Belfast has been declared a hoax. The army was called to examine a suspicious object on the roof of a house at Rosapenna Street. The area had been cordoned off for a time. (AMcE)

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