|Culzie||Date: Friday, 2015-10-16, 2:37 PM | Message # 1|
|News Letter Friday 16 October 2015|
Detectives are investigating whether a bomb found on a Belfast street, and then apparently kicked by a child, fell off a car belonging to a member of the military.Police believe the viable explosive device discovered in Linden Gardens, off the nationalist Cliftonville Road, became detached from the underside of a car.
It is understood one line of enquiry is whether it was placed under the vehicle of a member of the armed forces who was visiting the area.
Sinn Fein Assembly member for north Belfast Gerry Kelly said a young boy kicked the object without knowing what it was.
The finger of suspicion for the failed bomb bid will again point toward violent dissidents republicans opposed to the peace process.
Officers remained at the scene of a security alert on Friday morning. A number of residents were evacuated overnight.
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said: “Detectives from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a viable explosive type device.
Army Technical Officers (ATO) carried out a controlled explosion on the device and it has been taken away for further forensic examination.
Mr Campbell added: “I utterly condemn this incident. Those responsible have no qualms about putting people’s lives at risk and causing disruption to the community. There is no doubt that this device had the potential to cause serious injury or death.”
Mr Kelly told BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show the child could have been killed.
“I understand a young boy kicked it on the way up the street,” he said.“At this stage Police believe that this could have been an under car booby trap which was designed to kill or maim.”
“So we could be dealing with a child being killed here.”
Officers have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.
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