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Kelly condemns Ardoyne bomb attack

16 July, 2013 - by Gerry Kelly

Commenting after a blast bomb was thrown this evening at PSNI members in Ardoyne, Sinn Féin Assembly member for the area Gerry Kelly said;

“The first thing to say is that this attack is completely unacceptable and is not supported by the vast majority of the community in Ardoyne and I condemn it. It is wrong and it should never have been carried out. It was a cynical attempt to try and attack the police and raise tensions in the nationalist community in this area which has up to now been calm. A seven year old child was on the street close to where the device was thrown.

“Many people will be justifiably suspicious about the timing of this attack and the motivation behind it. At a time when there is a focus on the behaviour of the Orange Order over recent days it is clear that this attack at this time serves no republican or nationalist agenda.

"Indeed it is plain to see that the opposite is the case. So let those responsible come out and try and explain to the people of this community the motivation behind this attack. I suspect as usual we will get silence.”

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