Dominic MonaghanLord Of The Rings star Dominic Monaghan has apologised for his controversial comments about a terrorist bombing in his native Manchester, after he told a Los Angeles radio station he thought the 1996 blast did the city centre "a huge favour".

More than 200 people were injured in the IRA attack, but the 33-year-old actor spoke out on the US radio show earlier this month to insist the tragedy prompted a much-needed regeneration of the area, which was once a hotbed of crime.

He explained, "When I was growing up there... it was much rougher and then the IRA did one of the greatest favours that they've ever done for us - they planted a bomb in the town centre of Manchester. They then blew up the town centre and the English government gave us a billion pounds to rebuild the town centre... so the town centre is really cleaned up."
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