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'explosives' incident Man charged with attempted murder after 'serious incident' in east Belfast

One man is described as being in 'critical condition' in hospital

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The area surrounding a large block of flats was  cordoned off during the incident PIC PACEMAKER

The area surrounding a large block of flats was cordoned off during the incident PIC PACEMAKER

The area surrounding a large block of flats was cordoned off during the incident PIC PACEMAKER

A man has been arrested and charged for attempted murder after a security alert was sparked yesterday in the Cregagh estate area of east Belfast.

The man in custody, aged 45, has also been charged with, possession of an explosive, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a class A drug.

A man in his 30s remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police and bomb disposal experts cordoned off a large area outside properties in the Greenway area of the estate during the incident.

Many residents in the area were evacuated from their homes during the alert and moved to safety.

The man charged will appear before Belfast Magistrate's Court tomorrow.

As normal, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

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