POLICE have said a viable pipe bomb-type device found on a Belfast street this morning had the ‘potential to kill’.
The PSNI have now appealed for information following the discovery at Slieveban Avenue in Andersonstown, West Belfast.
Officers were called to the scene following a report of a suspicious object at around 11.30am.
A number of residents were evacuated from their properties for several hours while the object was examined.
It has now been taken away for further forensic examination and residents allowed to return to their homes.
“Police would like to thank the local community for their patience while we worked to keep them safe,” Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner.
“The device we have recovered here today had the potential to kill or maim and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area recently or anyone with any information that could help our investigation to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 438 07/11/18.”
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.