BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Security alert at school gates

Army bomb experts were called to the scene
The army has defused what has been described as a "pipebomb-type device" at a Catholic school in north Belfast.
The police say the device was made up of firework material.

It was left at the gates of the Dominican College at Fortwilliam on Thursday.

The area was cordoned off as army bomb experts moved in to examine the device.

Last week, the school was disrupted when a hoax device was left at the gates.

The attack is one of a series against schools in Northern Ireland

School Alerts

On Tuesday, the army dealt with a security alert at a school in County Antrim.

A suspicious device was found taped to the front door of Larne High School and Moyle Primary School. A controlled explosion was carried out.

More than 1,000 pupils at the school, as well as Moyle Primary and Nursery schools which share its grounds, were told to stay at home because of the security alert.

The suspicious object was later declared a hoax and police said paramilitary involvement was not suspected.

Also on Tuesday, an Irish language school on the outskirts of west Belfast was damaged in a fire, thought to have been started maliciously.

The alarm was raised at Naiscoil Thaoilinn in Poleglass.

One temporary classroom was destroyed while another was damaged.

This was the second time within a month that the school has been attacked.

The previous attack caused damage worth more than £5,000.

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