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Pipe Bomb Attacks On North Antrim Catholics

8 August, 2005

North Antrim Sinn Fein Councillor Daithi McKay has accused unionist paramilitaries of being behind two pipe bomb attacks in Cloghmills last night. One of the devices was left beside a work van while the other was thrown at the front of a family home.

Speaking from the scene in Cloughmills Cllr. McKay said:

" For sometime unionist paramilitaries in North Antrim egged on by the negative political environment created by the DUP and others in this area have been engaged in a sectarian campaign against Catholics. We have seen churches attacks, businesses attacked and homes attacked. Last nights pipe bombings in Cloughmills were the latest instalment in this ongoing campaign. Despite this reality and the difficulties it causes for the wider political process there has been little focus put into stopping these attacks from either unionist political party.

" In recent weeks the PSNI have attempted to justify this campaign by linking it to a planned anti-internment march in Ballymena. This despite the fact that the campaign pre-dates that plan and has now continued after the Parades Commission restricted the march. Given this view from the PSNI and the complete lack of action so far nationalists will have little confidence in their willingness to tackle this ongoing campaign of violence and intimidation.

" I would appeal to nationalists and republicans in North Antrim to remain highly vigilant in the time ahead as it seems that unionist paramilitary gangs are intent on escalating their campaign. I would also once again appeal to the leadership of the DUP to get a grip on this issue. Instead of acting as cheer leaders for the paramilitary gangs they must for the first time make a stand and begin to treat nationalists in this area with equality and  respect." ENDS

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