Viable bomb found under police officer’s car in Belfast

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Police outside Shandon Park Golf Club in east Belfast (David Young/PA)

Police have condemned “anti-peace” dissident republicans who placed an improvised bomb under a serving officer’s car in east Belfast.

A tournament being held at the Shandon Park Golf Club was cancelled when the device was found on Saturday afternoon and at least 70 people were evacuated.

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Bomb squad officers used a robot to examine the device (David Young/PA)

Army experts were called to the scene and, following examination, declared the device viable.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Superintendent Sean Wright said: “Our belief is that this attempted murder was carried out by violent dissident republicans.

“They don’t care who they attack, they don’t care who they kill. They are simply anti-peace and anti-democracy.”

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The club is near the PSNI’s headquarters (David Young/PA)

The golf course is situated near the headquarters of the PSNI.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process pose a serious threat to the security forces and have used similar methods to attack their members in the past.