Loyalists blast north Belfast home

Loyalists have been blamed for a weekend blast bomb attack on a north Belfast house, which left one man badly shocked.

The man discovered damage to the rear of his house in Saunderson Court, which is close to an interface in the Oldpark area, around 7.30am on Saturday.

Minor damage was caused to the back doorframe, and two windows were smashed. The man who was alone in the house at the time was later treated in hospital for shock.

Sinn Féin councillor for the area, Eoin O Broin said he believed loyalists were responsible for the attack.

``We would be blaming loyalists for this attack, given the area that was targeted,'' he said.

Mr O Broin added that such incidents were of great concern.

?Even though north Belfast has been relatively quiet in recent months, there was a similar incident with a pipe bomb last week following the showing of the Holy Cross film.

``This causes great concern, not just because such devices can cause great damage to human life. But it also highlights the recklessness of loyalists,? he said.

Meanwhile, a man has appeared in court in Belfast in connection with the discovery of a pipe bomb factory in east Belfast. The find is linked to the unionist paramilitary LVF (Loyalist Volunteer Force).

Kristopher McCallon, from Glenbrook Avenue in the Bloomfield area, faces four charges, includuing having a sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life, having pipe bombs and component parts, and possessing drugs intent to supply.

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