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Officers hurt in blast bomb attack

Two police officers were taken to hospital after a suspected dissident republican attack in west Belfast late last night

The officers were attending the scene of a robbery at a bookmakers in the Shaw’s Road area when a suspected blast bomb was thrown at them shortly after 9.00 last night.

It is understood the device exploded on the ground close to the officers.

It is believed one of the officers sustained serious arm injuries.

Early reports suggest the device was a coffee-jar bomb which may have been thrown by a motorcyclist.

The two hurt officers were taken to hospital to be treated for their wounds.

An eyewitness reported that one officer had suffered serious injuries.

The witness, who did not wish to be identified, told the Belfast Telegraph: “I am not sure whether the two incidents are linked yet, but it is a possibility that the police may have been lured to the location for this specific reason.

“Tensions have been running high in the area for some time and we could have a very difficult period ahead of us.”

According to police, the Shaw’s Road area remained calm following the incident.

The attack comes after republican group Oglaigh na hEireann threatened “nothing is beyond our reach” in an interview with Belfast Telegraph journalist Brian Rowan on Wednesday.

Belfast Telegraph