Northern Ireland

Petrol bomb thrown from Short Strand in east Belfast

Scorched pavement
Image caption Scorch damage caused by the petrol bomb in Bryson Street

A petrol bomb was thrown from Belfast's nationalist Short Strand area on Tuesday night into the loyalist Thistle Court area, police have said.

It followed an earlier attack from the loyalist side in which a petrol bomb thrown into the Short Strand ignited close to a four year-old-girl.

Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said the child was left "shaken and frightened".

Children were playing in Bryson Street when the device was thrown over a wall.

Mr Ó Donnghaile said: "There's no doubt that this could have been very, very serious.

"This happened in broad daylight in the middle of a sunny afternoon when kids are coming home from school and out playing in the street."

Tensions in the area are high after a petrol bomb was thrown from Short Strand into loyalist Cluan Place on Sunday 16 June.

A 15-year-old boy was subsequently arrested for arson.

There have also been reports of stones being thrown between different areas.

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