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Children escape injury in Belfast petrol bomb attack

A man cleans up after a petrol bomb attack on a house in Monagh Road, west Belfast
A man cleans up after a petrol bomb attack on a house in Monagh Road, west Belfast
The damaged door
CCTV Images of the culprit
CCTV Images of the culprit

By Christopher Leebody

Children were inside a west Belfast house targeted by a petrol bomber in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The attack on the Monagh Road was reported to police shortly before 2.40am.

The home was occupied by a woman and two young children at the time.

Footage of the incident was captured on CCTV installed at the property.

It shows an individual approaching the front door with a petrol bomb before fleeing the scene. 

Damage was caused to the front of the property including the door and window ledge.

Sinn Fein councillor Michael Donnelly said: "This petrol bomb attack on a house in Turf Lodge is wrong and I utterly condemn it.

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident". 

The PSNI said: "At approximately 2.40am police received a report that a fire had been started outside a property in the Monagh Road area.

"Damage was caused to the front door of the property.

"Police and the fire service attended the scene.

"We are appealing for anyone with information who may have witnessed the incident, or who saw any suspicious activity in the area prior to or around the time, to contact police at Woodbourne Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 125 of 09/07/19. 

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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