25/06/2013

Sinn Féin Condemns Petrol Bomb Attack

Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has condemned a further petrol bomb attack in the Short Strand area.

Police are investigating the incident, which saw four petrol bombs thrown at an east Belfast interface around 10.30pm on Monday night.

No one was injured in the attack, but it comes less than 24 hours after five petrol bombs were thrown at a house in Strand Walk on Sunday night.

Last week, talks were held in an attempt to diffuse tensions in the area.
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Councillor Ó Donnghaile said: "This is the third petrol bomb attack into the Short Strand in the space of a week, one of which almost resulted in a 4 year old been horrifically injured, and not a single arrest has been made.

"After three months of failing this community during the flag protests, the PSNI must be seen to act; to deal with those hellbent on attacking family homes.

"Once again I am calling on the political leadership of Unionism and Loyalism to state clearly that these attacks must stop immediately.

"I have made it consistently clear that any attack at the interface, regardless of where it comes from, must be condemned and we must not allow elements from within Loyalism to advance their own negative agenda as we head into the summer.

"Residents on both sides of the interface are bravely taking a lead in meeting and engaging directly, it's time for others to follow that lead."

(JP/CD)

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