Posted on July 12, 2018
A suspected pipe bomb also exploded close to a police operation to remove a contentious bonfire site in Belfast. It came as police warned that loyalist paramilitaries were planning to “orchestrate and participate in serious disorder” in east Belfast. Meanwhile, there was also another night of disorder in Londonderry, where petrol bombs and missiles were thrown.
The incidents on the outskirts of Belfast came after loyalists expressed anger at plans to reduce the size of two bonfire sites over safety fears. Masked men used burning cars to block roads close to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, east Belfast. In nearby Newtownards, a bus with passengers on board was hijacked by a group of masked men, one carrying a suspected firearm, before being set alight. Other security alerts resulted in main roads being closed, while one incident prevented passengers leaving Belfast City Airport.