String of pipe bomb attacks in Belfast as young children escape injury

String of pipe bomb attacks in Belfast as young children escape injury

A YOUNG BABY escaped injury after a house in West Belfast was attacked with a pipe bomb.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning after two 'devices' were thrown at a home in the Monagh Drive area.

Residents reported hearing "two bangs" and quickly contacted authorities.

It's understood that police and ATO [bomb disposal] attended the scene and the remnants of what was believed to be two pipe bombs were removed for further examination.

Inside the house in question were two men, a woman and a baby - all of whom are believed to be unharmed.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "The occupants of the property reported hearing two bangs outside the rear of the property around 12.50am on Tuesday morning.

"There was no damage caused to the property as a result of the incident.

"We are working to establish a motive for this incident and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with our investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station on 101, quoting reference number 49 14/01/20."

It was the latest in a series of reported pipe bomb attacks in the country.

On Monday, several homes were evacuated in Bangor after reports that an explosive object was thrown at a house  in the Killaire Wood area around 2.30am.

A woman and her children were believed to have been in the house at the time.

It's understood that no one was harmed.

A detective told reporters: "We received a report at around 2.30 am that an object was thrown at a house in the area a short time earlier.

"The object, which was located at the front of the property was a viable pipe-bomb type device.

"Thankfully, a woman and children who were in the property were not injured, however they have been left shaken by this reckless attack.

"The consequences could have been devastating and a number of local residents had to be evacuated from their homes. The have now been allowed to return to their homes and we thank them for their patience."