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Bomb Alert At Larne School

18 September, 2003

East Antrim Sinn Féin Representative Cllr. Oliver McMullan has said that a bomb alert at a Catholic school in Larne this morning is the latest incident in an increasing sectarian campaign being waged by unionist paramilitary gangs.

Cllr. McMullan said:

"Over the past few weeks there has been an escalation in the ongoing sectarian campaign being waged by the various unionist paramilitary gangs. This has witnessed threats being issued to a priest, a cemetery being desecrated and a religious service disrupted in Glengormley. It also has involved bombs being left outside Catholic schools in Limavady.

"It would appear that this tactic has now been adopted in Larne. Information suggests that some sort of device has been left in the vicinity of St. Comgalls catholic school in the town. As we witnessed last year at Holy Cross the unionist paramilitaries have little or no regard for schools or school children. They are quite happy to threaten and intimidate the most vulnerable members of society simply because they are Catholics.

"It is up to the unionist political leadership in this area to stand firmly with their catholic neighbours in the face of this vicious sectarian campaign being waged from within their community." ENDS

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