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Bomb disposal experts are examining a suspect device found under the car of a police officer in Belfast.
The security alert on the Upper Newtownards Road in the east of the city has seen a number of homes evacuated.
Army technical officers are working to establish if the device is a viable bomb.
SDLP Policing Board member Conall McDevitt condemned the apparent bid to target the officer:
Part of the Upper Newtownards Road has been closed between the Knock traffic lights and Cabin Hill Park on Sunday afternoon.
A number of homes have been evacuated, with Stormont Presbyterian Church made available for those affected.
Police area the scene and diversions are in place.
BBC News is reporting that a 'viable bomb' has been discovered under the car of a police officer in Belfast.
The report adds that Army bomb disposal experts are in attendance at the scene in east Belfast.
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."