31/01/2013

Pipe Bomb Thrown At Police Patrol

A pipe bomb has been thrown at a police patrol around 22.00 on Wednesday at the junction of Oldpark Road and Rosapenna Street, in what has been described as a “reckless” attempt to kill officers.

Chief Superintendent George Clarke blamed the attack on dissident republican paramilitaries.

Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster Chief Supt Clarke said: "Shortly after ten o'clock last night a police patrol was in the area of the Oldpark Road/Rosapenna Street junction when they believed something was thrown at their vehicle.

"They weren't aware what that was at that time. Unfortunately, what can happen in this area is that stones and bricks will be thrown at police vehicles."

Around 15 minutes later the Samaritans received a phonecall warning that a pipe bomb had been thrown in the area, leading to people in the immediate being evacuated from their homes.

Following an extensive search police found the pipe bomb, which was then removed by Army bomb disposal officers, who took it away for further examination.

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