29/06/2004

Children attacked in north Belfast

Catholic school children have been attacked as they stepped off a school bus in north Belfast on Monday.

The vehicle, which was carrying pupils from the Edmund Rice Primary School, had stopped near Ligoniel when a number of youths approached.

As several of the children disembarked they were attacked by the youths, however no-one was seriously hurt in the incident.

Sinn Féin councillor for the area, Eoin O’Broin claimed loyalists were behind the incident.

“This attack was an act of cowardice. Those responsible picked a very easy

target and attacked a vulnerable set of school children," he added.

A police spokesman, however, denied the claim saying there was no evidence that the attack was sectarian.

(MB)

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