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Man arrested over Christmas bomb attack in Belfast

A newspaper received a warning phone call but the device was left at a different location to that named.

Police officer at the scene of the explosion in December.
Police officer at the scene of the explosion in December.
Image: Paul Faith via PA Wire

A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in connection with a bomb attack in Belfast.

The bomb was left in a holdall in Exchange Street West where it exploded shortly before 7pm on Friday 13 December when the area was packed with Christmas revellers.

A newspaper received a warning phone call but the device was left at a different location to that named.

Police were clearing people from several premises when the device exploded.

Approximately 1,000 people were affected.

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch arrested the man in north Belfast this morning.

He’s been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

Detectives are continuing to appeal for anyone with information about the identity of a man on a bicycle in Talbot Street and in St Anne’s Square who they believe to be the person who left the holdall containing the bomb in Exchange Street West.

He was wearing a black hoodie and carrying a black Slazenger holdall.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 028 9180 1507.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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