Two on bomb charges after Belfast alert

Two on bomb charges after Belfast alert

Two men have been charged with having explosives following a security alert on the outskirts of west Belfast.

In the early hours of Saturday, police were forced to evacuate residents from their homes and close a road in the White Rise area of Lagmore.A local Sinn Féin councillor said over 100 people were caught up in the disruption which lasted for most of the day.Residents were finally allowed to return to their homes shortly after 5pm.Following the alert a number of items, including a suspected pipe bomb, were removed from the scene.Three people were arrested in connection with the incident.Two men, aged 38 and 25, have been charged with possession of explosives.Both are due to appear before Lisburn court on Monday.As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.A 27-year-old man also arrested in relation to this incident was released unconditionally by police.

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