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South Belfast pipe bomb attack shows that loyalist violence continues

18 March, 2004

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has expressed concern at the targeting of a bar in South Belfast by Loyalists on St Patrick's Day.

Mr Maskey said:

"This intention of this device was clearly to create havoc on St Patrick's Day. If it had exploded it appears to have been an attempt at mass murder. Given that there were also two other pipe bomb attacks last night this would appear to part of a co-ordinated series of attacks from loyalists.

"This latest pipe bomb attack shows that Loyalists are still active. Loyalist violence continues.

"This morning we have heard many unionist representatives comment on what were clearly minor disturbances in Belfast City Centre yet remaining silent on acts of attempted murder emanating from within their own community and directed at people taking part in the St Patrick's Day festivities." ENDS

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