Arson probe after West Belfast business premises destroyed
Police are investigating after a suspected arson attack in west Belfast.
A barber shop and taxi office at Bingnian Drive in the Andersonstown area were destroyed during the early morning fire.
There were also reports of an explosion which was believed to have been caused by a back draft.
Sinn Fein MLA Rosie McCorley described the attack as disgraceful.
She said: "The people who targeted these businesses need to realise they have put over 30 local jobs in jeopardy. I attended the scene this morning and met with the owner, who is totally devastated.
"I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) immediately as the people who carried this out have nothing to offer our society but misery."
PSNI Inspector Mark Cavanagh has urged any witnesses to contact officers at Woodbourne on the 101 non-emergency number.