Man arrested over Belfast firebomb incident

Man held in Antrim over attempt to set off incendiary device in pop-up golf store

The PSNI has arrested a man in connection with an incendiary device attack on a pop-up store in central Belfast. Photograph: PA.

The PSNI has arrested a man in connection with an incendiary device attack on a pop-up store in central Belfast. Photograph: PA.

Sat, Dec 21, 2013, 12:29

The PSNI has arrested a man in connection with an incendiary device attack on a pop-up store in central Belfast.

The device prematurely exploded under an anorak-type jacket as a man was about to plant it in the Golf Madness shop in the Cornmarket area of the city on Monday. He left the shop with his clothes on fire.

The man ran from the scene which was busy with Christmas shoppers and is believed to have suffered burns to his head, neck and hands.

Police investigating the incident said they had made an arrest late last night in the west Belfast area.

The suspect, aged 50, was taken by members of the PSNI Serious Crime branch to Antrim police station where he is being questioned.