Published Saturday, 19 October 2013
A device found in west Belfast is the latest in a series of security alerts. (© UTV)
Homes were evacuated in the Norfolk Parade area of Belfast on Friday night, while army bomb experts attended the scene.
Residents were allowed to return home in the early hours of Saturday morning after a viable device was made safe.
It is understood the pipe bomb was found under a car.
A PSNI spokeswoman said the Glen Road towards the Falls Road roundabout has been reopened.
Sinn Féin Belfast councillor Caoimhin Mac Giolla Mhin said people in the area were angry at the disruption.
He told UTV: "Very elderly people have had to leave their homes and find shelter with family and friends.
"They are very angry and also concerned that the device was found so close to people's homes."
The discovery of the device follows on from a series of alerts which have caused widespread disruption in the city.
"Clearly there is no support in the area for this type of activity," added the councillor.
Meanwhile, police later found another viable pipe bomb in the Alexander Avenue area of Armagh.
Police said the device, which has been taken away for further examination, had the potential to kill.
It had the potential to kill or maim anyone who was near it if it had went off.
Chief Inspector Davy Beck
Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: "I would like to condemn the people behind this object.
"I believe the vast majority of the community here do not want this dangerous activity in their area."
A number of homes were evacuated to the Orchard Leisure Centre at around 5.30am after police received a report of the suspicious object.
Residents were allowed to return to their homes more than three hours later.
Alexander Avenue and Alexander Drive were closed to traffic, while ATO examined the scene.
"I would like to thank the local community for their assistance and understanding throughout the operation," Chief Inspector Beck added.
"I would ask anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact CID in Newry Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."
The alerts in Belfast and Armagh have ended.
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