Republican News · Thursday 8 June 1999

[An Phoblacht]

Loyalists attack GAA supporters

orchestrated sectarian attack against GAA supporters travelling home from the Tyrone/Armagh championship last Sunday could have ended in tragedy, said the driver of a stoned bus.

In a planned ambush, loyalists in Portadown dragged a pallet across the road at Northway forcing vehicles travelling back to Lurgan to slow down. In one of several incidents, a bus driver was injured when a brick was hurled at him, smashing one of the vehicle's windows. A number of passengers were showered with glass during the attack.

A passenger described how the injured driver had managed to ``keep on driving and got us out of it''. There were 16 people, including several children, in the bus at the time of the attack.

In another incident, two cars travelling along the same route and carrying four women and six children were stoned. One woman from Lurgan said her sister's car was attacked and the windscreen smashed.

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