Motorists 'may have driven over device'

Published Wednesday, 19 March 2014
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A suspicious object discovered in east Belfast has been removed for further examination, police have said.

Motorists 'may have driven over device'
Army bomb experts at the scene of the alert. (© Pacemaker)

A member of the public reported the item which was found near the Mount Centre at the junction with the Albertbridge Road and Castlereagh Street at around 6.15pm on Wednesday.

Army bomb experts examined the object which was then taken away as the operation ended.

"It's believed a number of motorists may have driven over the device before it was reported to police," a PSNI spokesperson said.

"Detectives at Musgrave Street are investigating the circumstances and would like to hear from anyone with any information or from anyone who was in the area and noticed any suspicious activity."

Local Alliance MP Naomi Long has claimed that the device was "a suspected nail bomb".

"Whoever is behind planting this device is utterly reckless, placing at risk the lives of local residents and any passers-by," she said.

Ms Long said tensions have increased in the area in recent days.

The alert caused delays during rush hour traffic and affected bus services in the area.

© UTV News
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2 Comments
Jim in Belfaset wrote (156 days ago):
Another case of pipe/nail bombs in a unionist area were nobody can hazard a guess as to who is responsible and if ceasefires are still in operation. This is in direct contradiction to similar terrorist acts in nationalists areas when the finger of blame is pointed at dissident republicans.
vic in Belfast wrote (156 days ago):
why don't you tell us about the loyalists attacking the police as they diverted traffic away from the area, or the crowd that almost surrounded the Short Strand on St Patrick's night trying to provoke an inevitable response. Who? we all know where it came from but if no one told the these thugs it was illegal to throw pipe bombs then they will probably never be looked for never mind arrested.
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