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U2 follow Rihanna by filming music video in Belfast

By Joanne Fleming

U2 have turned part of Belfast into a war zone for their latest music video - but the rock stars were nowhere to be seen.

Smoke was seen billowing from the New Lodge area yesterday as a dramatic 1970s Troubles scene was filmed in a terraced street of disused houses.

There had been speculation that the filming related to The Troubles track on the band's latest album, Songs Of Innocence.

But it is now thought the footage will form part of the video for U2's next release from the album - Every Breaking Wave.

In what was the third day of filming in Belfast, images from the set showed people fleeing from what appeared to be a bomb explosion.

Extras lay strewn among rubble by a burnt-out car as the limping wounded were helped from the scene.

It's not the first time the mainly nationalist New Lodge has been used as a location for a music video.

In 2011 superstar Rihanna brought the area to a standstill as local residents rushed to watch her shoot part of the controversial video for her hit song We Found Love.

Songs Of Innocence was given away to half-a-billion iTunes customers in September before its general release.

The band are also currently streaming a series of graffiti-inspired films based on their latest album.

Frontman Bono is currently recovering from an operation on his arm following a bicycle crash in New York last month.

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