Northern Ireland

Device thrown at police landrover in west Belfast

The police have said an explosive device thrown at a PSNI landrover in west Belfast was a "deliberate attempt" to kill police officers.

Nobody was hurt in the incident just before 0200 BST on Tuesday, near the Kennedy Centre in Andersonstown.

Police were responding to reports of a stolen vehicle when they came under attack.

A number of controlled explosions were later carried out on the car, but nothing was found.

Roads around the Kennedy Centre were closed for a while, but have since re-opened.

West Belfast PSNI area commander Chief Inspector Emma Bond said: "This was not only a deliberate attempt to kill police officers but it is an attack on the community of west Belfast, and it is very fortunate that no-one, either police or civilian was seriously injured last night.

"Police will continue to provide a personal, protective and professional policing service, as this is what the people of west Belfast want.

"The positive relations between the local community and police is in complete contrast to the actions of the small minority who were responsible for this incident."