The 25th anniversary of one of the worst atrocities during the Troubles in the North has been marked with a religious service.

Seven women and five men were killed and more than 30 others injured when an IRA bomb exploded without warning at the La Mon hotel near East Belfast.

At Saint Finian's Church of Ireland, prayers were said and members of Castlereagh council were among the congregation.

Relatives of those who died placed a flower for each victim in a wreath. The attendance included survivors of the explosion, as well as representatives of the emergency services.

Some of those who lost relatives in the Omagh bombing four years ago came to offer support to the families of the La Mon victims.

Those who died in 1978 had been attending a social function at the hotel when a blast incendiary went off, creating a ball of fire.