Further Bomb Alert Underway In Belfast

There's a fresh bomb alert underway in the North this afternoon with the Limestone Road in Belfast closed at its junction with Mountcollyer Avenue and York Road after a suspicious object was found.

The alert follows a three-day long operation on the nearby Antrim Road that uncovered two bombs - believed to be targeted at PSNI officers.

Police have said about 50 houses on Mountcollyer Avenue and some businesses on York Road have been evacuated.

Army technical officers were at the scene late this afternnon and York Road has been closed from Seaview Street to Brougham Street.

It has also just been revealed that a pipe bomb has been removed by the Army after an alert in Ballyclare, Co Antrim. The device was discovered at a housing development at Rashee Road in the town at about 4am on Friday.

The latest incidents came after a second terrorist bomb was made safe on Belfast's Antrim Road last night.

Police said they were only able to reopen the area on Thursday evening for the remaining people who had been moved from their homes to return - although it is understood some businesses will still be affected on Friday.

The second device was found behind a scout hall and came after police said on Wednesday that the first bomb - found outside a shop earlier this week - was an "anti-personnel device" designed to kill people.

The PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said those behind the attacks "had the same recklessness and the same mindset as those that brought about the Omagh tragedy".


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