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A security alert has led to severe traffic delays in south Belfast.
Army technical officers were called to the scene after the alarm was raised in the Boucher Road area of the city at about 1115 GMT.
It is understood that a suspect package was discovered at Boucher Plaza. A number of premises have been evacuated
The army bomb disposal team has dismantled one 'viable pipebomb' at Fairview Park in north Dublin.
It is currently working on two other suspect devices, making a total of three devices discovered at the location this morning.
The devices were discovered by a man out walking his dog at around 8am.
Members of both the SDLP and Sinn Fein have been threatened by separate paramilitary organisations.
It is believed the threat to the SDLP comes from a breakaway group of the Ulster Defence Association.
An SDLP spokesman said police had warned them elements within the south-east Antrim area were planning an attack on a member of the party.
Originally posted by timeless test
Oh hell. I'm sure I'm not the only one who remembers that awful phrase:
"Christmas bombing campaign"
Originally posted by Rockpuck
Hmm I thought it was all calm on the Emerald Isle.
What is the name of the (protestant?) paramilitary group? .. I know all about the IRA but I was unaware of any current operating protestant paramilitary groups in Ireland.
Also, would the bombs in Dublin appear to be IRA or another group?
Originally posted by pieman
i wonder if the pipe bombs in dublin might have been a dump, three pipe bombs in a park in november aren't going to do much more than scare the junkies.
i suspect they were meant for use by some gang or other but either hadn't been collected or had been forgotten.