Police hunt for hooded man in Belfast bomb probe

Police are trawling through hours of CCTV footage in the hunt for a man in a black hooded top suspected of leaving a bomb outside a busy restaurant in Belfast.

An Australian tourist (name not known), passes a doorway which was the scene of a small explosion in Belfast. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Vigilant passers-by who discovered the dissident republican device minutes before it detonated in the packed Cathedral Quarter district last night have been hailed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for averting a tragedy.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, the PSNI officer leading the investigation into the blast appealed to anyone who may have seen the suspect carrying a black Slazenger bag around 6pm last night.

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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.