The device was discovered in the garden of a house in Kinnaird Street off the Antrim Road around 9.30pm yesterday (Friday). Residents were evacuated while army technicians made the bomb safe.
“This was a viable device no doubt designed to cause disruption and chaos, and which could have resulted in injury and perhaps death,” said Councillor McAllister.
“It is particularly worrying, given the recent shooting of a police officer nearby. But those behind these incidents must not be allowed to damage the stability we have now in Northern Ireland.
“I would encourage anyone with information to contact police with it immediately.”