NORTH Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds has condemned those responsible for a viable pipe-bomb type device seized by the police during a security alert in Newtownabbey on Saturday night.
Nigel Dodds said: “It was act of extreme recklessness to place a viable explosive device in this residential area.
“Those responsible were prepared to place innocent members of the public at risk of serious harm. Whatever cause they sought to advance by this cowardly act of terrorism will be rejected by the vast majority of society.
“The device was placed under the railway bridge at Whitehouse Park, causing danger and disruption for rail services as well as to local residents who were evacuated from their homes until after midnight. This incident has been very distressing for residents and has caused delay and inconvenience for rail passengers.
“Once again we are indebted to army bomb disposal officers who ensured this device was made safe and could be recovered.
“An anonymous telephone call accompanied by a codeword was received by the PSNI notifying them of this alert. We must hear from the police who they believe was responsible.
“Those responsible must be caught and brought to justice and I appeal to anyone who can assist the police investigation to pass that information on without delay.”