Family 'peppered with shrapnel' in Belfast bomb attack

A young family was treated for shock after a bomb attack on a police patrol car was said to have 'peppered' their vehicle with shrapnel on Belfast on Friday night.

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Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack

Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack. Credit: UTV

The Falls Road area where a bomb was detonated last night was busy and 200 yards away more than 500 people were enjoying a night organised by the Feile (festival) community organisation.

Many people passed the site of the explosion, Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said. Police did not immediately attend to begin their investigation, a standard precaution against a follow up attack.

Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack. Credit: UTV

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Belfast attack 'condemned by right-thinking people'

The Northern Ireland Secretary of State has condemned an attack in Belfast after an explosive device was thrown at a police vehicle and other members of the public.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers Credit: PA

The attack happened near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

Theresa Villiers said: "This attack is a blatant disregard not just for lives of police officers but also for safety of whole community in west Belfast.

"It should be condemned by all right-thinking people."

Police warned after Belfast bomb attack

The Police Federation has warned officers to be vigilant after members of the force in Northern Ireland escaped injury during a blast bomb attack.

Chairman Terry Spence vowed dissident republicans opposed to the peace process would not succeed in plunging the country back into full-scale conflict after an explosive device was thrown at a vehicle patrol in West Belfast last night.

Extremists have redoubled efforts to kill, and officers were urged to tighten personal security after a separate under-car bomb was found a relatively short distance away earlier yesterday.

Members of a Filipino family were treated for shock and their car was damaged after a device was hurled at police near the City Cemetery off the Falls Road.

Children aged 16, 13 and 11 were passengers caught up in the bombing.

Family 'shaken' after car 'peppered with shrapnel'

An undated Google Maps image of Belfast City Cemetery before the incident. Credit: Google Maps

A young family was treated for shock after a bomb attack on a police patrol car was said to have 'peppered' their vehicle with shrapnel in Belfast on Friday night.

No-one was seriously injured in the attack, which took place near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the attackers had no consideration for who they injured and the group had a lucky escape.

He said: "A passing PSNI vehicle appears to have been the target in this reckless attack when a family were fortunate to escape injury as their car was peppered with shrapnel.

"Thankfully no one was seriously hurt but the family are extremely shook up."

Bomb thrown at police vehicle in Belfast

Police have escaped serious injury after an explosive device was thrown at their vehicle in Belfast

The attack happened near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

An ambulance service spokesman said paramedics treated up to four members of the public for shock but there were no serious injuries.

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