30/09/2002

First Minister condemns attack on bus driver

First Minister, David Trimble has condemned an assault on a bus driver in Londonderry over the weekend.

The driver was taking home elderly passengers after a day trip to Donegal.

However he was assaulted after stopping off in the Creggan estate on Sunday evening.

A car stopped in front of the bus before two masked men got out and attacked the man.

He was hit on the head with a hammer before being shot in the legs.

Mr Trimble described the attack as "shameful and cowardly" and said that many of the senior citizens on board could have been seriously injured as a result of the attack.

Police in Londonderry have said they believe republican paramilitaries were involved in the shooting.

The bus driver is described as ill but stable in Altnagelvin Hospital.

(MB)

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