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Two men questioned in relation to Polegass bomb

Bomb disposal officers at the scene of the security alert in the Brians Well Road area of west Belfast earlier this month. Picture by Ann McManus

TWO men remained in custody last night in connection with a bomb discovered in the Poleglass area of west Belfast earlier this month.

The device, intended for a passing PSNI patrol, was left at a roadside verge on the Brians Well Road by the organisation calling itself Óglaigh na hÉireann.

It resulted in a two-day security alert as Army Technical Officers made it safe.

The two men, aged 45 and 39, were arrested yesterday and police carried out a number of follow up searches in the Dunmurry area.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said over the weekend of the security alert "police carried out a number of searches and the police helicopter was also deployed.

"The area was secured by officers and a full clearance operation began on the evening of Saturday 14th.

"Once found, the device was declared a viable explosive by ATO, who made it safe and removed it for further forensic examination.

"This device was designed to kill or seriously injure officers serving the local community in west Belfast, but it was also left in a position where it could quite easily have killed or maimed members of the public had it exploded - showing a callous disregard for the safety of the local community.

"It is extremely fortunate that no one was killed or seriously injured."

He also made a further appeal for information.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting of a policeman in north Belfast was released unconditionally last night.

The officer suffered gunshot wounds to his arm in the attack at a filling station on Crumlin Road on Sunday evening

A total of three men were arrested. All three have since been released without charge.

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