Published Friday, 04 October 2013
Police and bomb disposal experts at the scene in south Belfast. (© Pacemaker)
Army bomb experts were tasked to the scene at Finaghy Halt after the objects were found on the railway line on Thursday afternoon.
Scores of residents in the area were forced from their homes during the operation, which police described as "complex and protracted".
There was extensive disruption to travel, both for rail passengers and motorists.
A local church was opened to accommodate those affected by the disruption and a Red Cross bus was also drafted in to provide additional support.
Local SDLP Councillor Claire Hanna said the alert spanning two days had caused a lot of frustration for the community.
The suspicious items, which were were recovered from the scene, have been taken away for further forensic examination.
The only way we can prevent this type of incident from happening again is to work together and I am asking the community to help us find those responsible by providing us with the information.
Chief Inspector Ken Pennington
Chief Inspector Ken Pennington said: "I would like to thank the community in Finaghy, commuters and our partner agencies for their patience and support during this operation.
"A number of homes were evacuated during the course of this security alert.
"Throughout this incident the safety of the public and police officers had been at the forefront of our planning and actions.
"Those responsible for placing these items have shown a total disregard for the local community and also for the wider community.
"A full investigation has been initiated and I would appeal to anyone with any information about this incident to contact police locally on 0845 600 8000."
He added: "If you noticed any activity around the area in the previous few weeks or have noticed vehicles which don't normally frequent the area please let us know.
"If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
"Police would also ask anyone who notices any suspicious objects not to lift or approach them but to call the police immediately."
All roads and the railway line have been reopened.
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