NI police car petrol-bombed

A police car with an officer inside was petrol-bombed outside the Belfast office of an Alliance MP in an attack by around 15 masked people. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will make an urgent statement to the Commons this afternoon.

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Police wounded in Belfast flag riots

At least five police officers were wounded during a riot at Belfast city hall in Northern Ireland on last night after Irish nationalist councillors voted to remove the British flag from the building on all but 17 days of the year.

Loyalists stage a protest at Belfast city hall Credit: Reuters

Hundreds of protesters, many carrying British flags, clashed with police after nationalist councillors from Sinn Fein and the SDLP voted to take down the flag which has flown above the city hall every day since the building was opened in 1906.

Loyalists hold up the British flag in protest Credit: Reuters

Nationalist and Unionist parties share power in the provincial assembly under a 1998 peace deal that largely ended 30 years of sectarian violence in which more than 3,600 people died.

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