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Foxes Glen area of Dunmurry in west Belfast. Google Streetview

Homes evacuated as PSNI investigate bomb found after shooting in Belfast

The device was found in follow-up searches to a gun attack in the area yesterday.

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have evacuated people from their homes again in west Belfast following the discovery of an explosive device.

The police were conducting follow-up searches in the Foxes Glen area of Dunmurry this afternoon after a gun attack on police officers in the area yesterday.

The army bomb disposal team have been tasked to the scene and a number of homes were evacuated for the second time in two days.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter apologised for the disruptions:

This latest development has unfortunately required a further evacuation of local residents. We apologise for any inconvenience however our aim is to ensure the safety of police and the local community and to protect everyone. We would ask the public for their patience and understanding as this policing operation continues.

Police said that it is only by “good luck” that no children or passersby were injured or killed when a number of shots were fired randomly and indiscriminately in Dunmurry yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred as PSNI officers arrived to answer a call about a burglary at Foxes Glen.

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