Police say they have discovered a second explosive device planted along a busy Belfast road, part of a bomb alert which has forced dozens of families from the area and highlighted the staying power of dissident republican groups in Northern Ireland.
Dissident threats earlier this week eventually led police to an improvised explosive device concealed near a local police station on Belfast’s Antrim Road. Police say a second device – which they described as a “component part” of the first – was discovered Thursday.
Police believe that the explosives may have been planted as part of plot to draw police out to the busy residential area and blow them up. Chief Constable Matt Baggott condemned the would-be bombers as hateful and reckless