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Blast marks in Belfast after bomb attack

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.
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."

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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.

Baby dies hours after father is charged with GBH

A three-month-old baby girl died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital hours after her father appeared in court charged with causing her grievous bodily harm.

Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital, where a baby girl died hours after her father appeared in court Credit: PA

The injured child was taken to the hospital from a house in the west of the city on Wednesday night.

She was in a critical condition, but died on Friday night, police confirmed.

Her 23-year-old father, who was not named for legal reasons, appeared before a judge in Craigavon Magistrates' Court in Co Armagh on Friday morning. He was bailed to appear in court again later this month.

A spokesman from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said that detectives from the Serious Crime Branch will be consulting with the Public Prosecution Service in relation to the case.

Martin McGuinness: 'Relieved' concert goers 'safe'

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness said the events of last night in Belfast, where 60 young people were treated by paramedics for the effects of drugs and alcohol, were "shocking" but that he was relieved all those affected were safe.

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Shocking,the risk to the health of dozens of our young people at last nights Odyssey event.Relieved they're safe - we need to learn lessons.

Read: Symptoms 'consistent with drugs and alcohol misuse'

Symptoms 'consistent with drugs and alcohol misuse'

UTV reporter Marc Mallett has been told by a a consultant from Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital that the symptoms of those taken to hospital following a major incident at a concert are consistent with 'drugs and alcohol misuse'.

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Consultant at RVH says symptoms of those treated tonight are consistent with drugs & alcohol misuse. Major incident not yet stood down

Read: 60 young people being treated by paramedics at Belfast arena

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