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Viable 'pipe bomb' found in Belfast

The object has been taken away for further tests.

Jasmine End, Dunmurry
Jasmine End, Dunmurry
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POLICE IN BELFAST discovered a viable pipe bomb-type device in the Dunmurry area of the city earlier today.

The security alert at Jasmine End, Twinbrook has now ended, according to the PSNI.

Bomb disposal experts were tasked to the scene to examine the suspicious object. It was declared viable and taken away for further examination.

Officers have appealed to anyone with information about the incident to contact them at Lisburn on 0845 600 8000.

Meanwhile, a security alert remains in place on the Lower Newtownards Road, where petrol bombs and fireworks have been thrown at police lines. Protests over the restricted flying of the Union Flag over Belfast’s City Hall continue across the city today.

Motorists are advised that Glenmachan Street is closed at the Broadway Roundabout due to an ongoing demonstration. There are also rallies taking place in the Castlereagh Street and Beersbridge Road area. Diversions are in place in both places.

Earlier today, the chairman of the joint committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, Joe McHugh, said there was concern about the protests.

READ: Violent clashes in Belfast as flag protests enter fifth night

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