07/02/2003

Car bomb made safe in south Belfast

Army technical officers have carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb left in a car in south Belfast.

The car, a red Peugeot 406, was left abandoned on the Blacks Road near Dunmurray some time after 7.20am this morning. The vehicle had been hijacked near Old Golf Course Road around half an hour beforehand.

Police and army cordoned off the area and the M1 motorway was closed for a while. Army technical officers then carried out the controlled explosion three hours later and the area has now been reopened for traffic. It has not yet been confirmed what type of device was placed on the car.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

(GMcG)

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