Northern Ireland

'Explosive device' badly damaged car in west Belfast

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Media captionAn Army bomb team was sent to the scene, as Natalie Lindo reports

Police say they believe damage to a parked car in west Belfast was caused by an explosive device.

The car was badly damaged in the incident at St James Road on Wednesday shortly before midnight.

Some residents have been moved from their homes while an Army bomb team examines the remains of the device.

PSNI Inspector James Murphy said: "We believe at this stage a device may have exploded or partially exploded under a parked car, causing extensive damage."

He added: "For the safety of residents and other members of the public, St James Road has been closed at its junctions with St Catherine's Road, St James Place and the Donegall Road."

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey said: "I would like to commend the local community group, St James' Forum, for opening up their premises to accommodate the residents who have been moved from their homes.

"Those behind this incident have nothing to offer society and are not reflective of the local community.

"They need to stop these actions immediately and let people in the area get on with their live in peace."