Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the illegal Ulster Volunteer Force, which alleged Mr Lavery was an active member of the IRA - a claim denied by his family. Local people said his brother was a former Sinn Fein councillor. A car used in the attack had been hijacked earlier.
A bomb exploded outside a bank in central Belfast last night, soon after an IRA warning of three devices outside banks in the area. There were no casualties and damage was minimal.