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Pipe bombs made safe
UDA pipe bombs
Army bomb experts took the parts away for examination

Two pipe bombs and a number of component parts of pipe bombs have been found in north Belfast.

Two live devices were made safe by Army bomb experts on Saturday afternoon.

Component parts, including 15 pipes and a quantity of shotgun cartridges and fuses, were also recovered in the security operation in the Tigers Bay area.

A police spokesperson said they were acting on information they had received.

The Ulster Political Research Group has links with the UDA.

Sammy Duddy, of the Ulster Political Research Group, said they had been left there by the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association in a bid to ease tensions in the run up to the marching season.

In February, Army bomb experts took away 18 pipe bombs for forensic examination after they were dumped by the outlawed Ulster Defence Association.

It left the devices at playing fields in the Crumlin Road area of Belfast on Wednesday night.

In a statement at the time, the UDA claimed it wanted the devices put beyond use to help restore normality following a recent feud within the organisation.

Loyalists insisted the move was not an act of decommissioning.

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