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Sinn Fein criticise PSNI over investigation into Short Strand pipe bomb attack

A forensic officer at the scene of the attack at Clandeboye Gardens in the Short Strand area on July 11
Marie Louise McConville

SINN Féin has hit out at the PSNI over its investigation into a pipe bomb attack in east Belfast last month.

Councillor Mairead O'Donnell claimed police had informed the party there had been no arrests and "absolutely no progress in the investigation" after a viable device was thrown into Clandeboye Street in the Short Strand on July 11.

Young children had been playing in the street just minutes before the attack.

It took place amid a heavy police presence in the area as contractors moved in to remove a nearby loyalist bonfire following a court order.

Ms O'Donnell said: “That this attack happened while police were present is inexcusable in itself.

"The fact that the police have now informed Sinn Féin that there has been absolutely no progress in the investigation and no arrests made is incomprehensible.

"That we weren't dealing with serious injury to a resident or, indeed, a fatality, was pure luck".

She added: "Sinn Féin will be raising this matter to the highest levels of the PSNI."

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