Northern Ireland

Pipe bomb explodes at PSNI base in west Belfast

The police in Northern Ireland say they have found the remains of an exploded pipe bomb in the grounds of a west Belfast police station.

The device was discovered at Woodbourne PSNI station on the Stewartstown Road.

No damage was caused and a full search of the grounds did not uncover any other devices.

Dissident republican paramilitaries have been responsible for a series of bomb attacks on police stations.

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood condemned those who left the bomb.

He said: "The people who placed this device are to be strongly condemned, this device could have killed or seriously injured someone."

In February a pipe bomb was thrown at Old Park police station in north Belfast causing damage to fencing at the perimeter wall.

Dissident republicans were also blamed for a similar attack in north Belfast in October 2009 when a small bomb was thrown into a Territorial Army base in Ashfield Crescent.