THE PSNI say a pipe bomb found during a security alert in Newtownabbey was an attempt to murder police officers.
Police received a call around 10 pm on Wednesday night to say a device had been thrown at a patrol in Mill Road.
As a result, a number of homes were evacuated after midnight.
Subsequent inquiries by the PSNI found two suspicious objects were found during a search.
One was a viable device while the other was a hoax.
Following an examination of the scene by Army technical officers, evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes just around 5 am on Thursday morning.
Newtownabbey police boss Chief Inspector Stephen Reid said: “This device was clearly designed to kill police officers.
“And we are very fortunate no-one was killed or injured.
“Had it exploded it could have killed or maimed anyone close by, police officers or local people alike.
“Those responsible showed total disregard for the local community and put the lives of local people in the area at risk.
“I would like to thank to local residents for their patience and support throughout this operation and I want to reassure them that we will not be deterred by this attack.”
Detectives from the Serious Crime Branch have appealed for anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact them on 0845 600 8000.