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Prison officer hospitalised after car bomb detonates in Belfast

Police at the scene in the Woodstock Road area of Belfast on Friday morning Credit: PA

A prison officer has been taken to hospital after an explosive device detonated under a vehicle in Belfast, security sources have said.

It is understood he was driving a van when the device detonated.

Detectives are examining whether the bomb dislodged from the vehicle as it was going over a speed bump.

Emergency services are at the scene in the Woodstock Road area in the east of the city and parts of Woodstock Road have been closed.

The extent of the man's injuries is not known.

We believe a device has exploded under a vehicle.

The incident was reported to police at 7.10am this morning Friday March 4.

One man has been taken to hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

– Police Service of Northern Ireland Superintendent Darrin Jones

Suspicion is likely to fall on dissident republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process.