Bomb defused outside pub in north Belfast

Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb planted outside a pub in north Belfast overnight.

Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb planted outside a pub in north Belfast overnight.

The device was discovered outside the pub on York Road at around 2.30am following a telephone warning.

York Road and part of the Limestone Road were sealed off during the alert.

A number of items were removed from the scene for forensic examination.

The Alexandra Bar is a popular drinking hole among leading loyalist paramilitaries. This morning’s security alert at the pub came just a day after the Ulster Defence Association announced an indefinite extension of its ceasefire.

Bombs had also been planted at a prisoner’s aid centre opposite the Alexandra and at another nearby pub in recent weeks.

Security sources said today that they believed the bombs may have been planted by rogue loyalists angered by the policies of the UDA leadership.

More in this section

Price info
IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.