Risk of ‘carnage’ from bomb on Belfast windowsill

Police and ATO at the scene of the alert at Ainsworth Avenue
Police and ATO at the scene of the alert at Ainsworth Avenue

DUP North Belfast MLA William Humphrey said those who placed a bomb in Belfast had committed a “criminal act of madness” which risked causing “carnage”.

The alert was announced at about 10am by police, who said roads in the Ainsworth Avenue area in the north-west of the city had been closed and homes evacuated.

An Army team confirmed the object, which Mr Humphrey said had been on a windowsill, as a “crude but viable device”.

Mr Humphrey said: “Whoever was responsible for this explosive device clearly cares nothing for the consequences of their actions.

“They were utterly reckless in placing the device on a windowsill beside the street in this densely populated area.

“The device has been described by the police as being a “crude but viable” bomb.

“It was left in a public area where a child or any passing person could have picked it up and there could have been carnage had it exploded.”