Friday 19 January 2018

Pipe bomb explodes under car in residential area

The find prompted a security alert, with homes evacuated
The find prompted a security alert, with homes evacuated

David Young

An explosive device has gone off under a car in west Belfast.

No one was injured in the incident on St James Road, off the Falls Road, just before midnight last night.

Police originally thought the car had been set on fire but, after receiving a report that an explosion had also been heard, they tasked army bomb disposal (ATO) experts to examine the vehicle.

The car is not believed to be owned by a member of the security forces.

PSNI Inspector James Murphy said: " We believe at this stage that a device may have exploded or partially exploded under a parked car causing extensive damage to the car.

"Police and ATO are currently examining an object which remains at the scene."

St James Road has been closed at its junctions with St Catherines Road, St James Place and the Donegall Road and a number of residents have been evacuated.

Elsewhere in Belfast, a viable pipe bomb device was discovered in North Queen Street in the north of the city.

The find prompted a security alert, with homes evacuated.

The alert is now over and the device has been taken away for forensic examination.

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