21/08/2001

Overnight gun and pipe bomb attacks

A number of people have escaped injury after a series of gun and pipe bomb attacks on their homes in County Antrim.

A ten-year-old boy escaped in jury after shots were fired into a house at Mounthill Drive in Cloughmills, County Antrim. He was asleep in the front bedroom of his home when two shots were fired through the window around 10pm on Monday August 20. The boy’s family who were also asleep at the time of the attack were unharmed. It is understood the family are unaware of the reason for the attack.

Later, two pipe bombs exploded outside two homes in Ballymena. The attacks at Inchcolm Avenue on the Ballykeel estate damaged the front door of one property and a window of the other around 12.30am on Tuesday morning.

Damage was also caused to a house in north Belfast when a paint bomb was thrown at a house in Hesketh Park in Ardoyne, north Belfast. The window was broken and a paint bomb thrown into the living room. It damaged the sofa and wooden floor. The attack happened between midnight and 7am on Tuesday morning. (AMcE)

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