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SDLP Policing Board member Conall McDevitt said the murder bid was a "cynical and deplorable act".
Terry Spence, chairman of officers' representative body the Police Federation, said the device was planted by "cowardly thugs":
It is understood the officer discovered the bomb himself.
Newtownards Road is one of the busiest arterial routes into Belfast. The officer's home is close to PSNI headquarters at Knock and the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.
Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has taken to Twitter to condemn those who planted a bomb under the car of a police officer in Belfast:
A device found underneath the car of a police officer in Belfast was a viable bomb, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said tonight.
East Belfast DUP Councillor Gavin Robinson has tweeted his response to the 'horrendous assault' which saw a device found under a police officer's car in the city:
East Belfast MLA Michael Copeland told ITV News, "speaking as someone who for years looked under their car and actually still does, we're standing here on a very miserable afternoon that could have been a lot more miserable."
Latest ITV News reports
Police have said that a device found under the car of an off-duty police officer was a "viable bomb" and was "clearly intended to kill."