Booby trap bomb found in west Belfast

Booby trap bomb found in west Belfast

Dissident republicans are being blamed after an under-car booby trap bomb was defused during a security alert in west Belfast.

The viable explosive device was discovered by a passing police patrol in the Blacks Road area near the junction with Arlington Drive just before 8am on Friday.The road was closed while army bomb experts examined the item but it has since reopened.Residents have been allowed to return to their homes after the area was evacuated.Sinn Féin councillor Matt Garrett said children "could easily have picked up the bomb", after it fell off the car.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"Those behind this device need to catch up with the rest of the people of Ireland who have moved on from the past," he said.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)"These groups are opposed to change but they will not stop us from moving forward to a more equal and peaceful society."Earlier the Police Federation for Northern Ireland warned police officers and their families to be vigilant and check their vehicles for any potential devices.Condemning the attack, chairman Terry Spence said the targeted individual had been "fortunate".He said: "The threat level is severe as dissident republicans continue with their aimless and murderous campaign. They wanted to murder an individual and plunge a family into mourning, and for what purpose?""I renew my appeal to police officers and the public to maintain vigilance and remain on high alert. The people who plan these acts have nothing to offer society and should be shunned. They have a hatred and blood-lust that the wider community abhors," Mr Spence added.Police would not comment about a potential target and said all lines of enquiry into the attack are ongoing."Detectives investigating this incident wish to hear from anyone who may have travelled along the Blacks Road and who may recall seeing anything suspicious or unusual lying on the road," a PSNI spokesperson said."Detectives are also appealing for anyone to come forward who may have observed any unknown vehicles or persons acting suspiciously in the area of Blacks Road."ALERT ALERT All PSNI officers and families be aware and check ALL vehicles for UCBT... #keepsafe— PFNI (@PoliceFedforNI) March 14, 2014

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