13/07/2005

Rioters attack police with petrol & blast bombs, 80 injured, baton rounds fired

It has been reported that baton rounds were used by police during rioting in north Belfast last night, in which around 80 police officers were injured.

This is the first time baton rounds have been used in Northern Ireland since 2002.

The rioting began when nationalists attacked police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops area.

The police officers were attacked with petrol and blast bombs as well as bottles, bricks and other missiles.

One police officer was seriously injured and has undergone surgery in hospital. His condition is not believed to be life threatening.

Seven members of the public were injured, none seriously, and a number of people were arrested.

(GB/KMcA)


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