The bomb had triggered an alert in Harkness Parade and Banbury Street areas of Belfast on Friday, leading the police to evacuate several houses for much of the day as the army bomb disposal experts were called in to examine the device planted under a car. The alert is now over and residents have been allowed back to their homes.
Police said the device was “crude, but viable” adding the experts have taken it away for further examination.
It is not believed that the stadium where Belfast's Glentoran football team are based was the target of the attack.
Media reports quoted sources as saying the bombing was “not paramilitary linked”.