Northern Ireland

Viable device found during west Belfast alert

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Image caption The alert began after the device was discovered by a member of the public

A bomb has been found during a security alert in west Belfast.

The alert, at Horn Drive, began after the device was discovered by a member of the public on Monday afternoon.

A number of residents were moved from their homes while the device was examined.

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Image caption An Army bomb disposal robot at the scene of the alert

Police have described it as a viable device and said it would be sent for forensic examination. The alert is now over.

"Those responsible have shown a complete disregard for the safety of residents in this community," a police spokesperson said.

Horn Drive is located between Suffolk Road and Lenadoon Avenue in west Belfast.