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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." 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."

His comments were slammed by Manchester Central MP Tony Lloyd and city centre councillor Pat Karney who said Monaghan had "perpetuated a myth" and added that "bombs in public places are not a laughing matter."

But in a statement, the FlashForward star expressed remorse for his comments, saying: "As a fiercely proud Mancunian I regret the confusion surrounding the comments I made about the bombing of the Manchester city centre. I did not mean to play down or make light of the enormity of the tragedy that took place."

And luckily for Monaghan, MP Tony Lloyd welcomed the actor's apology, stating: "It's what you would expect of a good Mancunian," and, in the spirit of goodwill, even offered an open invite for Monaghan to visit him at Manchester town hall "for a cup of tea."