WEST Belfast SDLP councillor Tim Attwood has condemned those responsible for leaving a crude but viable device in west Belfast.
The device was discovered at Rodney Drive sparking a major security alert earlier today.
A number of homes were evacuated while Army Technical Officers made the device safe.
Said Cllr Attwood: “Those responsible for leaving this device have caused widespread disturbance and anxiety for residents who were forced from their homes this morning.
“This was no hoax; this was a viable device and posed a serious threat to the public and to police as they worked to make the area safe.
“The continued endangering of life in this way for whatever shallow pseudo-political reasoning is completely unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.”