Suspected IRA dissidents have hijacked and burnt cars in Catholic parts of Northern Ireland in a coordinated effort to block roads and spark bomb threats, police have said.
Officers said they had received a wave of reports of vehicles being seized by masked gunmen in several parts of Belfast.
They were also called to disturbances in Lurgan, a town southwest of the city that is a power base for IRA dissidents.
Some vehicles were set on fire in roads to disrupt traffic at rush hour, while others were abandoned near four Belfast police stations and on Northern Ireland's major motorway.
Police said they were treating all the abandoned vehicles as potential car bombs, although they cautioned it was unlikely they were car bombs.
Roads were cordoned off and the M1 was shut city-bound close to the intersection with Lurgan, Co Armagh, as a precaution.
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