Car bomb detonates in Belfast

An explosive device has gone off under a car in west Belfast.

Car bomb detonates in Belfast

An explosive device has gone off under a car in west Belfast.

No one was injured in the incident on St James Road, off the Falls Road, just before midnight last night.

Police originally thought the car had been set on fire but, after receiving a report that an explosion had also been heard, they tasked army bomb disposal (ATO) experts to examine the vehicle.

The car is not believed to be owned by a member of the security forces.

PSNI Inspector James Murphy said: “We believe at this stage that a device may have exploded or partially exploded under a parked car causing extensive damage to the car.

“Police and ATO are currently examining an object which remains at the scene.”

St James Road has been closed at its junctions with St Catherines Road, St James Place and the Donegall Road and a number of residents have been evacuated.

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