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MP outrage after racially motivated bomb attacks

2 June, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy has slammed those responsible for two bomb attacks on the homes of Eastern European workers last night in Ahorey near Richill.

Mr Murphy said:

"From the detail available to us it seems that explosive devices were pushed through the letter boxes of the homes of Eastern Europeans living in Ahorey near Richill. The people living in the two houses are employed locally and an eight year old boy was present in one of the houses. It seems certain that the motivation behind the attacks was purely racial.

"It was only through good luck that nobody within the two houses was seriously injured and I would extend my best wishes to the victims of these bomb attacks.

"These attacks are the latest in a long line of racially motivated attacks against ethnic minorities across the six counties. Many of these attacks particularly in areas of Belfast have been directly linked to unionist paramilitaries. The use of pipe bomb devices in the overnight attack unfortunately points once again to the involvement of one of these gangs in this incident.

"All politicians and community leaders have a duty to stand with the ethnic minority communities to ensure that a strong message is sent out to those carrying out these attacks that their activities must end and that their actions are completely unacceptable." ENDS

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