Published Saturday, 28 April 2012
The scene of the bomb discovery in north Belfast. (© UTV)
Police believe it was left at Ballygomartin Road by dissident republicans.
About 80 people were evacuated from their homes for several hours during the security alert, which began at 11pm on Friday and ended around 4am on Saturday.
Chief Inspector Ian Campbell said those responsible "have shown callous disregard for members of the public."
He said:"The finger of suspicion points towards dissident republican terrorists and I appeal to anyone with information to come forward to police."
Alban Maginness, SDLP MLA for North Belfast, has expressed his anger at what he described as the "cowardly and reckless actions "of dissident Republicans.
"This is an extremely sinister development which has greatly angered local people."
He accused those responsible of attempting to "intimidate and cause distress" within the community.
"Ballygomartin is a densely populated, residential area and it is extremely fortunate that no one has been injured or killed here."
Mr Maginness, who is the party's justice spokesperson, said: "I strongly appeal to anyone with information about this incident to pass it onto the police immediately."
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