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Police issue appeal on firebombs
An incendiary device was left at the Homebase store in Belfast
An incendiary device was left at the Homebase store in Belfast
Detectives investigating the firebomb attack which destroyed a Homebase store in south Belfast have issued a new appeal for information.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack and a number of others in Belfast on Wednesday night.

Police want to hear from taxi drivers who picked up or dropped off a fare at the Shane Retail Park off the Boucher Road between 1900 GMT and 2000 GMT.

A fire at Smyth's toystore nearby was brought under control.


JJB Sports in Anne Street in the city centre was badly damaged in a third attack.

Fire crews were called to all three incidents at about 0200 GMT on Wednesday.

At its height, more than 70 firefighters attended the blaze at the Homebase store, which also spread to Reid's furniture store next door.

In a statement, Homebase said none of its staff would lose their jobs.

Last month, dissident republicans were blamed for a fire bomb attack on a B&Q store in Coleraine.

The Real IRA was also blamed for a series of incendiary attacks on commercial premises in Newry in August.

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