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Sectarian message 'Kill All Taigs' sprayed in arson attack on north Belfast flat

The home in north Belfast after the arson attack. Picture by Hugh Russell

AN arson attack on a flat in north Belfast is being treated as sectarian.

A wheelie bin was pushed against the door of a ground floor flat on Ligoniel Road and set alight at around 1.25am yesterday.

The letters KAT, an abbreviation for the slogan 'Kill All Taigs', had been spray-painted outside the property, which is in a predominantly loyalist area.

The blaze caused severe smoke damage to the ground flat and an upper apartment.

Police said two men in their twenties who were in the property at the time escaped injury but were later treated for smoke inhalation.

A spokesman for the Fire Service said anyone in the two flats had left the properties before crews arrived.

He said firefighters also treated a woman, aged around 50 and living a next-door flat, for smoke inhalation.

Police appealed for information.

SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said he was concerned by the attack.

"At this stage it's very early days and we will be seeking more information about it," he said. "But it's very concerning that this was an arson attack where people's lives could have been put at risk."

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