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Eire Nua Flute Band attacked on return from Hunger Strike Rally

18 August, 2008

A bus carrying members and followers of the west Belfast based Eire Nua flute band was attacked by loyalists on Sunday evening, August 17, as the band returned home from the National Hunger Strike march and rally in Derry City.

The attack happened at around 6pm on the road between Drumahoe and Dungiven.

4 hooded men run towards the bus and threw 2 breezeblocks at the bus, 1 of which smashed through a window of the bus where a number of young children were seated.

Lisburn Sinn Fein councillor Sam Baker witnessed the attack.

Mr Baker said:

"I was in a car travelling slightly behind the Eire Nua bus that was attacked.

"I noticed 4 men near the road and 2 of them then threw breezeblocks at the bus.

"We followed them up a side road as they ran away. They then turned a corner where they jumped into a blue BMW car in which a driver was waiting.

"I have passed on the detail of the car, including the registration number, to the PSNI and I will be asking them to vigorously pursue these attackers who tried to kill the passengers on this bus."ENDS

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