LOYALIST paramilitaries are being blamed for leaving a hoax device outside the Alliance Party’s office in east Belfast.
Army Technical Officers were tasked to deal with a suspect package at Alliance Party offices on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast.
Security sources said it was believed the UVF in east Belfast was behind the alert.
Roads were sealed off and traffic diverted as a controlled explosion was carried out.
The premises, used by Naomi Long MP, have been targeted a number of times.
Most recently, petrol bomb attacks were carried out on the offices on consecutive nights in April and May.
The attacks began following a Belfast City Council vote in December 2012 restricting the flying of the union flag at the City Hall.
The Alliance Party put forward a compromise motion to allow the flag to fly on designated days.