DETECTIVES in south Belfast are hunting those who left a a viable device capable of causing “serious harm”.
The alarm was raised in the Kitchener Street area of the Donegall Road on Thursday night.
As a result, a number of residents, many of them elderly people, had to leave their homes as the area was sealed off.
Army technical officers were tasked to the scene and later defused a “viable” explosive device on Friday.
Police chiefs have condemned those left the bomb in a residential area,
“The discarded device was viable and had the potential to cause serious harm,” said PSNI Chief Inspector Gabriel Moran.
Residents who were evacuated have now been allowed to return home and road closures in the area have been lifted.
Mr Moran called on anyone with information to come forward.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their patience and also extend thanks to all those who provided facilities during this operation,” he said.
“I would appeal to anyone with information to talk to police and tell us what they know.”