Pensioner's bungalow in petrol bomb attack

An elderly man has had a lucky escape after his bungalow was targeted in a petrol bomb attack in north Belfast.

An elderly man has had a lucky escape after his bungalow was targeted in a petrol bomb attack in north Belfast.

The Protestant man was at his son's house watching football when nationalists threw a device through his front window in the Whitewell Road area.

Community worker Brian Dunn said: "He's okay. Fortunately he wasn't in the house at the time."

The area was sealed off while firefighters put out the fire. The extent of the damage is not yet known.

Whitewell has been the scene of fierce rioting between nationalist and loyalist factions.

Last September, Protestant teenager Thomas McDonald was knocked down and killed after rival mobs clashed.

A woman is facing a charge of murder.

Security sources believe Catholic postal worker Daniel McColgan, who was from the nearby Longlands area, may have been murdered in revenge for the youth's death.

The latest attack follows a number of petrol bombing incidents in the early hours of the morning.

A Protestant mother of three from the Whitewell area said she intended moving out of her home after it was attacked with petrol bombs.

Earlier, three petrol bombs had been hurled from the loyalist White City Estate into Serpentine Gardens.

More in this section