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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 13:50 GMT 14:50 UK
Pipe bomb attack on house
The family was asleep when a device was thrown
Family was asleep when device was thrown
A couple and their three children have escaped injury in a pipe bomb attack on their north Belfast home.

The family was in the house at Westland Road when the incident happened at about 0300 BST on Thursday.

The Protestant family was sleeping when a brick and a crude explosive device packed with nails, were thrown at the property.

Police have yet to establish a motive for the attack.

The device had exploded partly in the garden and blew away from the house

Householder Gerard McCullough

Householder Gerald McCullough's three children, aged eight, 12 and 16 were asleep upstairs at the time of the attack.

His wife was lying on the settee downstairs.

The family think they were targeted as it was the only house in the row of Protestant houses showing signs of life.

Mr McCullough said his wife could easily have been killed.

He said: "There was a brick which had been thrown at the window and the device had exploded partly in the garden and blew away from the house."

Mr McCullough said that if the brick had broken the window, the device would have landed in the room where his wife was sitting.

The attackers drove off along the Westland Road avoiding a police landrover around the corner which was on the scene moments later.

BBC NI's Rosy Billingham reports
"Device packed with nails bounced off window"
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