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East Belfast Bomb Attack will raise fears of further unionist violence

22 May, 2004

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Cllr. Joe O'Donnell has said that an overnight bomb attack on homes in the Bloomfield Court area will raise fears that ongoing tensions within the unionist paramilitaries will lead to further violence.

Cllr. O'Donnell said:

"There has of course for sometime been tensions between the various unionist paramilitary groups in the East of the city. At the start of the week this spilled over into renewed violence with the killing of a man. Last night homes were bombed in the Bloomfield Court area.

"This increase in internecine loyalist violence also comes at a time when attacks on nationalists have also increased and a series of threats have been issued against Sinn Féin members.

"There is obviously a growing fear that this level of violence will increase and that it will ultimately lead to an increase in attacks on vulnerable nationalist and republican communities.

"I would appeal to people within the unionist community to make every effort in the time ahead to ensure that the issues which have given rise to this latest spate of violence are addressed speedily and that we continue to build upon the good work done last year to ensure that the interface communities can enjoy a peaceful summer." ENDS

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