Explosion, North Belfast
22 Oct 2009
Area Commander Chief Inspector Ian Campbell has condemned the attack in North Belfast earlier today and said, "Police were alerted to reports of an explosion at a Territorial Army barracks near Ashfield Crescent on the Antrim Road during the early hours of this morning. Army Technical Officers were subsequently tasked to examine a suspicious object discovered by police checking the area."
"The Army Technical Officer has confirmed that this was a viable explosive device capable of causing death or serious injury. The explosion occurred within the confines of the camp causing some blast damage inside the compound. Shrapnel from the device has also been found in neighbouring streets. Had an innocent person been in the area at the time they could have been killed or seriously injured."
"It is believed that the device was thrown over the front gate of the compound in Ashfield Crescent shortly before 1am. One person was seen running from the area."
Chief Inspector Campbell added, "We are obviously still at a very early stage in this investigation and are working to establish who carried out the attack. We can only be thankful that no one was killed or seriously injured and we would ask that anybody who has any information about this attack or anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area in recent days, to contact detectives at Antrim Road on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, information about crime can be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111."