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NI police car petrol-bombed

A police car with an officer inside was petrol-bombed outside the Belfast office of an Alliance MP in an attack by around 15 masked people. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will make an urgent statement to the Commons this afternoon.

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Sinn Fein: Police operation disgraceful

Gerry Kelly, a member of the Northern Irish Assembly has said that the Police Service of Northern Ireland has some serious questions to answer after protesters attacked cars and security staff inside Belfast City Hall.

I have to say, and I don't use these words unless I really mean them, it was a disgraceful police operation - or lack of a police operation. If that had been 1,000 or more republicans, it would have been very different. There they would not have left it that they were able to come into the back of City Hall. They indiscriminately attacked cars. We are very, very lucky that they didn't get into the building or we could have been dealing with a lot more injuries. I am angry because it's not as if they were taken by surprise. This was a well-planned protest.

– Gerry Kelly, Member of the Legislative Assembly, Sinn Fein

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