28/06/2004

Home targeted in Antrim pipe bomb attack

Police are appealing for information following a pipe bomb attack at a house in Antrim early this morning.

The incident, which occurred at around 4am at the house in Norfolk Street, left a letterbox damaged, however the three occupants of the house, which included a 16-year-old boy, escaped injury in the attack.

Elsewhere, a schoolboy has been threatened with a knife and robbed in west Belfast.

The 11-year-old boy was walking through Falls Park with two friends at around 4pm on Saturday when another two boys approached him.

One of these youths produced a knife and held it to the boy's throat before stealing £9 and a gold chain.

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Maskey described the attack as "cowardly".

"To think that somebody could actually pull a knife out on a child, it's really hard to understand," he added.

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