Belfast blast 'came as officers responded to warning'

The explosion in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast occurred as officers were clearing the area after receiving a telephoned bomb warning, UTV has reported.

The warning was phoned into the Irish News at around 6pm before the bomb partially exploded just before 7pm in the Exchange Street West area.

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Belfast city centre bomb 'could have killed revellers'

A small explosion in the popular Cathedral Quarter of Belfast could have killed festive partygoers, police have said. Police say a telephone warning made before the blast directed them to the wrong location.