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Security alert in the Aitnamona Crescent area of west Belfast on Sunday. Picture by Ann McManus.

Detectives have appealed for information following a pipe bomb attack on a home in west Belfast.

The device has detonated in the front garden of a house in Aitnamona Crescent, close to the Monagh bypass at about 11.30pm on Saturday.

The occupant of the house reported hearing what they believed to be a firework going off. On Sunday morning the remnants of a pipe bomb-type device were discovered in the garden of the property and police alerted.

Damage was caused to the front door but no one was injured.

Following the discovery, army technical officers attended the scene and removed remnants of the pipe bomb for examination.

A number of homes were evacuated in the area, and the road was closed for a time to allow the examination to take place.

Det Insp Stephen Harvey said: "Thankfully no one was injured as a result of this reckless attack".

Adding that detectives were "working to establish a motive for this incident" and were appealing to anyone who noticed suspicious activity to contact the PSNI.

Sinn Féin MP for the area Paul Maskey said: "This device put residents' lives at risk and has forced people from their homes.

"I'm relieved that no one has been hurt."

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