DISSIDENT republican terrorists sparked a day of security alerts across greater Belfast putting people’s lives at risk.
On Tuesday afternoon, Army technical officers made safe a pipe bomb following a security operation in south Belfast.
The device was found on the leafy Malone Road by the local Territorial Army base.
An ATO robot carried out a controlled explosion on the device.
It has now been taken away for forensic examination.
A number of TA camps across the greater Belfast area were later advised to step up security for fear dissident republicans are planning further attacks.
Unlike the remaining military bases in Northern Ireland, TA camps do not have armed guards patrolling entrance gates and perimeter fences.
During the alert, the Malone Road was closed between Adelaide Park and Cranmore Park but has now reopened.
Earlier, a controlled explosion was carried out on an object which sparked an alert in the Redburn area of Holywood.
It was found to be “nothing untoward”.
The alert is only a few hundred yards from MI5’s £30 million building inside Palace Barracks.
Hours before, a number of families in north Belfast who had to to leave their homes because of an early morning security alert were allowed to return.
The alert started around 3.40 am after police found an abandoned car on Hillview Road, just off Crumlin Road.
Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the vehicle.
Hillview Road remains closed while the security operation continues.
The Crumlin Road, Oldpark Road and Tennent Street have reopened.
Local DUP councillor Brian Kingston said: “When the police examined the car, they discovered a suspicious object in the back. It was a beer keg.
“This then resulted in the security alert with the residents evacuated from their homes at around five o’clock this morning. I’d say around 60 to 80 houses are affected.”
Mr Kingston said Belfast City Council and Belfast Health Trust had established an emergency evacuation centre at Woodvale Community Centre.
He said around 40 residents, both young and old, had used the centre.