Dover petrol bomb: Moment ‘laughing’ man throws missile at immigration centre before ‘killing himself’


THIS is the moment a man throws a “petrol bomb” out of a car at a Dover immigration centre today – before witnesses claim he killed himself.

Cops confirmed two or three “incendiary devices” were lobbed into the border force site – sparking a massive blaze.

Witnesses claimed the man then killed himself at a petrol station moments later.

Kent Police has not yet confirmed any fatalities, but said a suspect was identified and located.

Bystanders said they saw a man driving up to the centre and lobbing several bombs – one of which did not go off – before driving way.

Local Gary Smith, 31, claimed the driver was laughing as he flung them out of the window.

He said: “I was walking over a nearby bridge and I could see him throwing the bombs.

“They were making loud bangs. I think he threw about four or five.

“He was just laughing while he was doing it. It was crazy.”

Another witness told KentOnline: “I heard what I thought was cannons going off and thought it must have been an event.

“We paused the TV to hear. There were at least six or seven.

“To think it was actually explosions that we heard is just so upsetting.”

Police confirmed one minor injury from the arson attack.

Shocking video taken by a witness shows flames engulfing the side of a building.

Terrified people are seen running in the background as cops usher them out of the way.

The area was cordoned off by cops, who remained at the scene this afternoon.

A bomb disposal squad was later spotted near a BP garage, where police officers were seen standing by a white SUV.

Witnesses said the driver took his own life there, leaving staff traumatised.

One stunned worker said: “I swapped shifts with the two people who were on at the time.

“They just wanted to get home, I don’t blame them. They looked really upset.

“When I was walking in, I couldn’t even look at the spot where it happened – I wouldn’t sleep for days.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said she was receiving regular updates on the “distressing incident”.

She tweeted: “My thoughts are with those affected, the tireless Home Office staff and police responding. We must now support those officers as they carry out their investigation.”

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke tweeted: “I am deeply shocked by the incident in Dover today.

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