Pipe-bomb attack on west Belfast home 'showed blatant disregard' for residents and neighbours
THOSE responsible for a pipe-bomb attack on a home in west Belfast "showed blatant disregard" for the residents and their neighbours, according to police.
Police said they received reports of an explosion at the back of a house in Creeslough Court in Lenadoon at around 8pm on Wednesday.
No one was injured and no damage was caused, PSNI Detective Sergeant Gardinerconfirmed.
“Those responsible for this reckless attack showed blatant disregard for the occupants of the property and the local community," he added.
"Thankfully, no one was injured when this device detonated in the rear garden of the house. The overwhelming number of people in the community do not want this type of activity and we, as a police service, will continue to work to bring those responsible before the courts."
Sinn Féin councillor Arder Carson said last night the explosion happened after a bomb was thrown at the house.
"This device was thrown in a residential area, populated with young families and elderly residents," he said.
"The PSNI have now mounted an operation in the surrounding area.
"My understanding is that this was a viable bomb and this is an extremely reckless incident which has placed the lives of residents at risk.
"Those responsible have no regard at all for local people.
"I unreservedly condemn this attack and anyone with information should bring that forward to the PSNI."
SDLP West Belfast Councillor Brian Heading said: “It’s sickening that twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, people are still involved in this depraved attacks, threatening families and children.
“Those behind this viable device are reckless criminals who pose a significant threat to this community. They have no support and should receive no shelter here.
“The only way to end these attacks is for local people to come forward to the police with information.”
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