ARMY BOMB EXPERTS DEFUSE SUSPECTED LETHAL UNDER CAR BOOBY TRAP DEVICE IN NORTH BELFAST

ARMY bomb experts are examining what may be a dissident under car booby trap device discovered near a primary school in north Belfast today.

Police at the scene of a suspected UCBT device in north Belfast

Police fear the device, which has the hallmarks of deadly UCBT bomb, may have fallen off a car driving through the area.

Now an alert has gone out across PSNI, military and prison staff to contact police to let them know if they had travelled through the area earlier in the day.

One theory is that it may have been attached to a car belonging to a security force member living locally.

Two controlled explosions were carried out after the suspicious device was discovered close in the Ballymagarry Lane area, close to Springhill Primary School, is ongoing.

Army bomb experts were tasked to the scene earlier this morning.

The Ballygomartin Road was closed for a period but has reopened to traffic and a PSNI spokesperson said school children were able to leave nearby schools as normal.

Earlier staff and pupils at the school and three other nearby primary schools – Springfield, Harmony and Forthriver – had been advised to remain indoors.

Homes in the area have also been evacuated and Ballymagarry Lane has been closed at its junctions Ballygomartin road and Lyndhurst Park.

 

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