There was violence last night, however, in loyalist areas of north and west Belfast following the arrest of a leading loyalist figure. Petrol bombs were thrown during rioting in the Shankill district and in the most serious incident, close to Crumlin Road prison in north Belfast, a number of men stopped a bus. The men, one of whom was armed, sprinkled petrol and demanded money but before the driver could respond a petrol bomb was thrown at him. He was engulfed in flames, suffering serious burns to the face, chest and leg.
In other incidents, police fired a plastic bullet in clashes with a loyalist mob. Although the disturbances lasted only an hour, up to a dozen vehicles were hijacked in what were clearly co-ordinated incidents.
Outside Belfast, a bomb, described by the security forces as crude but capable of igniting, was dealt with in the town of Antrim.Reuse content