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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 April, 2005, 05:59 GMT 06:59 UK
Man held over hotel attack freed
Days Hotel
Smoke travelled to the second, third, fourth and fifth floors
A man arrested in connection with a petrol bomb attack on a hotel near Belfast city centre has been released pending police reports.

Five petrol bombs were thrown at the Days Hotel in Hope Street, close to the loyalist Sandy Row area, at about 0400 BST on Wednesday.

About 150 guests were in the hotel, but no-one was injured in the incident.

Damage was caused to the front and side of the hotel. Police said a motive for the attack was not yet established

Station Officer Harry Dawson of the Fire Service said it had been a very serious situation.

We could deal with the situation - we could reconsider our future plans and if we really want to invest in that area or not
Lord Rana
Hotel owner

"There were five petrol bombs in total thrown at Days Hotel, directed to the back of the hotel, convenient to the oil tank and basement area," he said.

Lord Rana said the company had made a major investment in the area and had further plans to invest in it.

"It is more a community issue. Community leaders and people living in the area - they need to look at the whole situation and deal with it," he said.

"We could deal with the situation - we could reconsider our future plans and if we really want to invest in that area or not."


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