Sectarian shooting in Antrim
It now transpires that the attempted killing of a Catholic man near the Stiles estate in Antrim Town on Tuesday evening, 29 February, is the latest in a long line of sectarian attacks on Catholics.
The man, who is in his 30s, was cycling near the estate at 7pm on Tuesday, 29 February, when the loyalist gunmen, driving a red Vauxhall Astra, rammed him, knocked him off his bike and chased him before firing at him with a shotgun. The man suffered a broken shoulder and broken arm as a result of being rammed by the car, but he was not hit by gunfire.
Sinn Féin's South Antrim representative Martin Meehan told An Phoblacht that at a time when all the focus is on silent IRA guns, loyalist guns are being ignored. This is the latest in a long line of loyalist attacks and it is only a matter of time before a nationalist is killed,'' he warned
Meanwhile in Dungannon, County Tyrone, four cars owned by Cathgolic priests were burned out on Wednesday, 1 March, in a sectarian attack on St Patrick's Parochial House, which also resulted in the evacuation of two houses.