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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.

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Police step up Belfast security after bomb blast

Police in Belfast will tighten security after a bomb exploded in the bustling Cathedral Quarter which could easily have killed or injured passers-by.

Police stand watch in Belfast after the bomb blast Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have already been stopping cars and checking car boots at the entrance of the Castle Court Shopping Centre in the city since last month.

The scene of the partial bomb blast has now been cleared, with a black mark on a nearby wall its only remaining trace.

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