Pipe bomb found outside church in Northern Ireland

| May 3, 2012

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (BNO NEWS) — A pipe bomb was found on the grounds of a church in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast on Wednesday, less than a week after two powerful car bombs were discovered elsewhere, police said.

Army Technical Officers (ATO) were called to the Ballysillan Presbyterian Church in northern Belfast on Wednesday after someone cutting grass discovered a suspicious device, prompting the evacuation of nearby residents. It turned out to be viable device.

"This was a viable pipe bomb which, if it had exploded, could have caused injury or death to anyone in the vicinity," said North Belfast Area Commander Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn. "The people who carried this out have shown a callous disregard for everyone in our community, not least those local residents who have been inconvenienced through being evacuated."

Freeburn said the incident will be "fully investigated" to bring criminal charges against those responsible. "I would appeal to everyone to assist us in this investigation by bringing any relevant information to us," he said.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the device, or if the church may have been the target.



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