Team set up to investigate spate of bombing incidents in Belfast
The PSNI has set up a team of officers to investigate a spate of small bombing incidents in Belfast which they believe are linked to a feud between criminal gangs.
Four devices were found in the city on Thursday and Friday in Nationalist areas, some of them attached to cars. One device caused substantial damage to a car parked in the St. James Road in the west of the city while three other devices designed to ignite containers of inflammable liquid were recovered virtually intact.
Hundreds of families living in West, North and South Belfast were inconvenienced by the security operations and some were evacuated from their homes.
Separately, a number of Catholic churches were targeted in hoax bomb alerts at Newtownabbey on the outskirts of Belfast on Friday night.
St Mary’s on the Hill at Carnmoney and the nearby St Mary’s Star of the Sea were sealed off and people living nearby evacuated from their homes before the devices were declared harmless.
The SDLP’s North Belfast Assembly member Alban Maginness said there was a “chilling sectarian motive” behind the incidents which was “deeply disturbing”.
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