Thursday 20 June 2019

Shots fired on PSNI station a ‘deplorable attack by terrorists’, says Gilmore

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has condemned a gun attack on a police station in Northern Ireland.

The reported incident happened in Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh. Ulster Unionist MLA for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott said there had been no injuries.

Mr  Gilmore said the incident in Lisnaskea was a "deplorable attack by terrorists".

"The PSNI is our partner in the fight against terrorism and the Gardai will be making determined efforts to bring the perpetrators of this vile attack to justice, together with the PSNI," he said.

"People in our communities know this is wrong and believe that an attack on one of us is an attack on all who support peace and the rule of law. Our best response is to support our police services and to make sure that democratic politics works for the good of all our communities."

While there has not yet been official confirmation of the shooting, the Stormont Executive tweeted the reaction of Justice Minister David Ford:

"Those who tried to kill police officers in Lisnaskea are to be condemned," he said.

"They have nothing positive to offer."

Such an attack would likely have been committed by dissident republicans opposed to the peace process.

The attack was reported as crucial late night political talks aimed at resolving outstanding peace process issues continued in Belfast.

Former UUP leader Mr Elliott said: "I unreservedly condemn the attack on Lisnaskea police station and am thankful that PSNI officers and civilians weren't injured or killed in this ruthless act of terrorism.

"Once again republican terrorists have shown that they have nothing to offer the people of Northern Ireland, but pain and suffering. They are driven by warped ideology and bloodlust."

Republican extremists have ramped up their actions in recent weeks with a series of bomb bids and gun attacks on police.

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