Attempt to bomb Catholic church in Belfast foiled

Sunday 03 March 2013 16.38
PSNI have appealed for information after viable device was found outside a church
PSNI have appealed for information after viable device was found outside a church

An attempt has been made to bomb a Catholic church on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Police say a small, crude but viable explosive device was found outside St Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church on Carnmoney Road near Newtownabbey.

The road was closed for several hours while British Army bomb disposal experts made the device safe.

It was taken away for forensic examination.

PSNI detectives investigating the incident have asked anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the Carnmoney Road area, or who has information to contact them.