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Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Electronic device' was used in mysterious attack on schoolboys - say police

A laser pen was believed to have been used in the attack
A laser pen was believed to have been used in the attack
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The PSNI has said that it believes an electronic device was used during at attack on two boys in Belfast.

The incident happened on Wednesday at around 4.30pm when the pair, aged 12 and 13, were making their way towards a bus stop near a public house on the Glen Road in Belfast.

The two boys were approached by a group of unknown young males and each of the boys felt something on the back of their necks, with one of them falling to the ground.

Both of them subsequently attended hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

The BBC reports that a witness saw what happened, and after rushing to help could smell burning and saw one of the boys had a two-inch strike mark on the back of his head.

In a statement, Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: "While we believe some kind of small electronic device was used, we are keeping an open mind, but are appealing to anyone who has any information about this incident, or who may have witnessed it to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 811 06/09/17.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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