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Coffee jar bomb found by police

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Police have recovered a so-called 'coffee jar bomb' following a security alert in west Belfast on Wednesday.

An area of the Springfield Road near New Barnsley Police Station was searched following a telephoned warning at about 2300 GMT on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Gary White said it was intended to harm his officers.

He said: "It is appalling that in this time of progress, these attempts are still being made on officers who are out there trying to make a difference."

SDLP West Belfast assembly member Alex Attwood said the device represented "an escalation of the current threat level".

"The Catholic Church made a very public and loud appeal on Monday through the media that the dissident threat required a full response from the community and they were right," he said.

"This incident confirms it - people must respond and help police."

The road was closed for a time but has since reopened.

Police have appealed for information.

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