Published Saturday, 16 March 2013
The scene of the alert at Ballygomartin Road. (© Pacemaker)
The device, which had the appearance of a mortar in a launcher tube, was found by an off-duty officer close to Ballygomartin Road early on Friday morning.
Army bomb experts believe it failed to go off near a police station in the area and had the potential to cause serious harm.
The alert continued until around midday on Saturday.
Chief Inspector Emma Bond confirmed the target of the "mortar-type device" may have been the nearby New Barnsley Police Station.
She said those behind the attack had "very clear, and I believe, murderous intent."
The security alert forced residents from their homes and nearby primary schools had to shut on Friday.
The Ballygomartin Road, which was closed at its junctions with Highcliff Gardens and Springmartin Road, has now reopened.
Police say all traffic is moving freely. They have reissued their appeal for information on the incident.
They wish to speak to two men, who were seen in the area between 5.30pm and 6pm last Tuesday, to eliminate them from their inquiry.
Detectives from the Major Investigation Team believe the device was brought to the Ballygomartin Road in a car or van between Thursday evening and Friday morning.
They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour or activity in this area of waste ground at the time to contact them.