Republican News · Thursday 10 July 1997

[An Phoblacht]

Springfield Road Attack

A 14 year old Protestant boy was slightly injured by gunfire at the Lanark Way interface on the Springfield Road last Sunday, after a night of rioting following the RUC actions on the Garvaghy Road. Residents spent Sunday evening anticipating a Loyalist attack, and this perception proved correct.

After some hours of stone-throwing, residents watched as Loyalists from the Shankill Road forced open a Lanark Way security gate in order to secure easy access to the area.

RUC/British Army force appeared in the early hours of Monday morning, and sat on the Springfield Road watching Loyalists hurl bottles and bricks at residents.

Residents frustrated at the RUC/British Army tolerating the Loyalist activity attacked the crown forces.

Eventually the RUC withdrew, leaving the area open to possible Loyalist attack. As Loyalists again attempted to gain access to the Springfield at 3am the Protestant youth was injured by a warning burst of gunfire. Residents remain cautious over further possible Loyalist attacks.

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