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North Belfast bomb a 'blatant attempt to kill'

The device was found at Alliance Avenue yesterday afternoon.

Alliance Avenue, Belfast
Alliance Avenue, Belfast
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THE PSNI IS describing the planting of a viable bomb in a residential area of north Belfast as “a blatant attempt to kill or seriously injure police officers”.

Around 30 families had to leave their homes as a result of the alert on Alliance Avenue, which began yesterday afternoon.

The army was called in and a controlled explosion was carried out, before residents were allowed back into their homes late last evening.

Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn said: “Those who carried out this heinous act showed callous disregard for the safety of the local community and police officers serving this community. We are very fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured.”

He said the PSNI remained dedicated to serving the entire community in spite of the efforts of a “small minority” determined to commit acts of violence against the force.

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