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Sinn Fein condemns west Belfast security alert

The alert led to people being evacuated from their homes

A NUMBER of families had to leave their homes on the outskirts of west Belfast after a security alert was sparked.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann said a suspect device was discovered in the area.

She condemned those behind Sunday's alert which "brought disruption to the Poleglass area".

"This disruption brought about by this security alert is totally and utterly wrong and I condemn it outright," Ms McCann said.

"A number of families have had to leave their homes after the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. I visited the scene and spoke to a number of residents affected they are obviously concerned at having to leave their homes. 

"This incident has brought nothing but disruption to the local community on a cold and wet Sunday evening. 

"I would like to pay tribute to local community workers who opened up the nearby community facility at Sally Gardens for use by anyone who had to leave their homes as a result of this alert. 

"Hopefully the residents will be able to return to their homes as soon as possible."

The alert comes after a paramilitary group called the ‘IRA’  carried out a gun attack on PSNI officers in the west Belfast area. 

Up to eight shots were fired into the passenger side of a police car in the Rosnareen area of Andersonstown. Two officers in the car were uninjured but were said to be badly shaken in the attack on Thursday night.

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