Man (40) charged with terrorist offenses in connection with bombing in North Belfast at event attended by Irish Foreign Secretary

A 40-year-old man has been charged with a number of offenses in connection with a hijacking and bomb attack that targeted a peace event attended by the Irish Foreign Secretary in north Belfast.

Detectives from the Terrorism Investigation Unit have accused the man of preparing terrorist acts, hijacking and posting an article that triggered a bomb heist.

The incident resulted in Secretary of State Simon Coveney having to be evacuated from a peace event at the Houben Centre, on Crumlin Road, last Friday.

This was due to a man being forced at gunpoint to drive his van – with an item in it – to the event organized by the John and Pat Hume Foundation.

The suspect will appear in court in Laganside on Thursday.

As usual, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

On Tuesday, police confirmed they had been given an additional 36 hours to question the man after he was first arrested on Sunday.

A 48-year-old woman arrested as part of the investigation has been released.

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