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Ford condemns attempted attack in West Belfast

Justice Minister David Ford has strongly condemned those responsible for the attempted attack in West Belfast.
Friday, 15 March 2013

This was an attack on the community and on those who serve the community. I would urge anyone who has any information to contact the police or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111

Minister of Justice David Ford MLA,Northern Ireland Department of Justice

The police have confirmed that they have found what they believe to be a mortar bomb type device and are dealing with an ongoing alert in the vicinity.

David Ford said:  “This latest attempted attack is utterly disgraceful.  There will be very few who will not join me in condemning the actions of those responsible.

“It is clear from the position of the mortar device that many people in the local community were put at significant risk including school children, families, police officers, the elderly and local construction workers.  

“Furthermore the actions have caused significant disruption in the area.  The blame for this rests on the shoulders of the perpetrators.  They have disrupted normal life.  Two schools were evacuated causing distress to parents collecting children from school.  Outrageously this caused further distress to mourners attending a funeral.

“I want to thank the police and ATO for the work they are doing to protect the whole community.  

“This was an attack on the community and on those who serve the community.  I would urge anyone who has any information to contact the police or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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