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Suspicious object near Belfast primary school declared a hoax

The alert comes after a bomb attack on a prison officer at the weekend.

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Updated 1.16pm

A SUSPICIOUS OBJECT found near a primary school in Belfast has been declared a hoax.

The PSNI said earlier there was a security alert in Dunmurry after the suspicious object was found in Lagmore Drive. This location is in the vicinity of Christ the Redeemer Primary School.

The device has now been examined and declared a hoax. All roads have reopened and residents who were evacuated from their homes are now returning.

Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said the alert caused “severe disruption” to the local community. He appealed for anyone with information to get in touch with police.

On alert

The alert comes just days after a bomb explosion in east Belfast that left one prison officer wounded.

A bomb partly detonated underneath the 52-year-old officer’s van on Friday morning as he was driving to work.

A group calling itself the New IRA has claimed responsibility for the bomb attack.

There are no indications that these two incidents are related.

Read: ‘New IRA’ claims responsibility for Belfast prison officer attack>

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