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Explosive device found outside Catholic church in Belfast

Police said the device was small and crude but was still viable.

St Mary's on the Hill church.
St Mary's on the Hill church.
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POLICE IN BELFAST are appealing for information following the discovery of an explosive device outside a Catholic church in Newtownabbey.

The small, crude but viable, explosive device was left outside St Mary’s on the Hill chapel on the Carnmoney Road yesterday evening.

Shortly after 10pm, the Carnmoney Road was closed for a number of hours while an ammunition technical officer made the device safe. It has now been taken for forensic examination.

Police are asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the Carnmoney Road area or who has any information to contact them in Newtownabbey 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.

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