30/10/2013

South Belfast Bomb 'Made Safe'

Army bomb experts have made safe a 'viable device' that was found in the Village area of south Belfast on Tuesday evening.

Police were alerted over a suspect object discovered at Kilburn Street, off the Donegall Road, just before 20:30.

A controlled explosion was carried out at the scene.

The object has been described by the PSNI as as "a viable explosive type device."

It has been taken away for forensic examination.

Residents were removed from their homes during an evacuation in the area. They were allowed to return home shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for anyone who noticed suspect activity to contact them.

Last night's security alert is the latest in a spate of discoveries of viable devices, including a letter bomb addressed to Chief Constable Matt Baggott that was intercepted by Royal Mail staff on Friday and a viable device addressed to NI Secretary Theresa Villiers that was discovered at Stormont Castle on Tuesday.

(IT/MH)

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