Hallidays Road, New Lodge Road and North Queen Street in north Belfast were cordoned off early this morning following the discovery of three viable incendiary devices after a reported telephone warning. The streets have since been re-opened. From the RTÉ report
All three streets in nationalist areas were cordoned off shortly after 3.30am, and British army bomb disposal experts worked for several hours to make safe what they described as viable devices.
And in the iol report
Acting Detective Inspector Alan Little condemned those responsible and said they were out of step with the rest of society. Fortunately, none of these devices detonated. We could have been dealing with carnage and destruction this morning. “Anyone who can help us prevent this type of activity should come forward to the police.”
He added: “Those responsible for planting these devices show a callous disregard for human life. They pay no attention to the wishes of those within their own communities who want to live their lives without this type of threat, disruption and inconvenience. “Those responsible seem intent on following their own selfish agenda and the only way for communities to be free from such activity is to help officers bring these criminals before the courts.”
And while that iol report stated,
“There was no claim of responsibility, but dissident republicans were suspected of being responsible. The devices were being examined.”
According to the UTV report
The objects were home made incendiary type devices and not pipe bombs. It is not believed dissident Republicans were involved.