Gun attack on Fermanagh barracks

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Shots were fired at Lisnaskea PSNI station in County Fermanagh on Monday, December 23rd in tthe latest gun attack by the breakaway IRA groups.

There were no injuries in the incident, which took place shortly after 8pm. Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness condemned the attack and described it as a “stupid, dangerous and futile act”.

Local Sinn Fein Assembly member Sean Lynch said that those behind the incident have nothing to offer the people of the area or Ireland.

“This attack has and will achieve nothing. Thankfully no one was hurt. The people behind this incident have nothing to offer the people of Fermanagh or the people of Ireland,” he said.

“These people should come out and explain what they think this attack has achieved.

“They are opponents of change, change which will continue to happen regardless of their actions. Those wedded to violence for the sake of it will not stop the people of the North and all of Ireland from moving forward to a more equal society.”

The attack took place just hours before Christmas Eve, a date on which IRA groups typically begin an informal three-day ceasefire for the Christmas period, and was the latest in an elevated level of IRA-related activity.

ALERTS

Last Saturday saw a bomb alert in Derry city centre, in which a number of streets were closed off.

The PSNI said they received a telephone bomb warning and closed off Shipquay Street and Shipquay Place, but after a search of the area said nothing was found and the streets were reopened.

In Belfast on the previous night [Friday December 20th] the PSNI said “nothing untoward” was found after an similar alert on High Street and Bridge Street. A British Army bomb squad were called to the scene close to the main city centre post office after 6pm.

The week previously, two gun attacks were mounted against PSNI patrols in Belfast, while a small device was also detonated in a Belfast city centre location following a bomb warning.

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