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Video: Belfast bomb - Police appeal for information after describing terror threat as 'extremely high'


A bomb has exploded under a van in east Belfast, seriously injuring a prison officer - and police have warned it is part of a dissident republican plot to kill security forces in the lead up to the Easter Rising centenary.

The device "partially detonated" under the man's vehicle on Hillsborough Drive off the Woodstock Road just after 7am on Friday morning - causing a loud explosion.

Dissident republicans are being blamed and Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris issued a stark warning from PSNI headquarters that more attacks are planned as the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising approaches.

"I believe that there are people within the dissident republican groupings who want to mark this centenary by killing police officers, prison officers and soldiers," he said.

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