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Councillor: Senseless petrol bombing could have killed

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

Published 06/08/2015

The gutted interior of the ground floor flat in Skegoneill Avenue
The gutted interior of the ground floor flat in Skegoneill Avenue

A petrol bomb attack on a flat in north Belfast was a senseless act that could have killed someone, a councillor has said.

The property at Skegoneill Avenue was targeted just after 11.35pm on Tuesday. No one was in the flat at the time.

Three fire engines attended and the incident was dealt with within an hour.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said it was being treated as a "deliberate fire".

Alliance North Belfast councillor Nuala McAllister said the attack was a "senseless act of violence".

"I totally condemn this stupid and dangerous attack," she said.

"I am thankful no one was hurt, but it easily could have led to injury or worse.

"A senseless act of violence such as this has no place in our society and does nothing except create fear and bring misery to the local community.

"I would urge anyone with information on this to contact police immediately."

PSNI Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson added: "I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives at Musgrave police station on the non-emergency number 101."

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