Northern Ireland

Pipe bomb thrown into garden in east Belfast

Pipe bomb
Image caption The pipe bomb was thrown into a garden in the street

A pipe bomb has been thrown into the garden of a house in east Belfast.

Residents were moved from their homes at Island Street after the incident at about 03:40 BST on Friday. A community centre was opened to provide shelter.

Two people drove off on a motorcycle that was discovered a short time later at Clandeboye Street.

Police are also investigating whether a single-car crash on the Beersbridge Road shortly before 05:00 is linked to the attack.

Image caption Part of the area was sealed off for a time

An Army bomb team said a "viable pipe bomb type device" had been thrown into the garden.

Detectives have appealed for information.

Meanwhile in north Belfast, there is a security alert in the Brompton Park area of the Crumlin Road.

Police have urged people not to approach any suspicious objects.

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