Man, 22, charged after explosive device found in holdall


A 22 year-old man is due to appear in court on Monday charged with possession of explosives with intent to endanger life after an IED was found in a holdall in Belfast last week.

The man was arrested in the Shaw’s Road area around 11pm on Thursday evening and the holdall containing the Improvised Explosive Device was seized.

During a follow up search operation in the Lenadoon Avenue area, police discovered a viable pipe bomb device and a quantity of ammunition.

These items were taken away for forensic examination.

Area Commander for West Belfast, Chief Inspector Anthony McNally praised the officers involved in the operation.

“We know only too well the death and destruction such devices can cause and there is no doubt that the intention of those behind this device was an attempt to kill police officers who serve this community on a daily basis,” said CI McNally.

“Their intended actions can only be described as ruthless and mindless and show total disregard for the people in this community. This discovery has undoubtedly saved lives or serious injury.

“I commend all of the officers involved in this investigation and I would encourage the community to continue to work with us to keep everyone safe.”