Man released after city car bomb arrest

Published Wednesday, 08 January 2014
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A man arrested in relation to the attempting car bombing of one of Belfast's main shopping centres six weeks ago has been released without charge.

Man released after city car bomb arrest
Forensic experts examine the scene at Victoria Square in Belfast city centre. (© UTV)

A hijacked driver was ordered to take a primed 130lb device in the back of his car from Ardoyne to Victoria Square on the night of Sunday, 24 November by three masked men in boilersuits, who warned him that he would be followed.

The man left the bomb in Victoria Street, close to the access to Victoria Square, and then ran across to Musgrave PSNI station.

At the time, police said that the bomb attempt "could have been catastrophic for Belfast and Northern Ireland."

The bomb, which was intended to explode in the shopping centre's underground carpark, partially detonated as army bomb experts examined it - blowing a door and the rear windscreen out of the vehicle.

On Wednesday, police confirmed that a 27-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the bombing and was taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

He was later released unconditionally.

© UTV News
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