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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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'Small-scale device used' in Belfast city centre blast

It is understood the incident was not a car bomb attack, with officers believing a small-scale device was used.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman has said:

A number of businesses and streets in the Cathedral area of Belfast have been cordoned off following a small explosion.

It occurred at about 6.45pm as police were checking reports of a suspicious object.

At this stage there are no reports of any injuries.

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