Dissidents admit Falls Road attack

Published Tuesday, 18 March 2014
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A dissident group calling itself the IRA has admitted responsibility for an attack on police in the Falls Road area of west Belfast on Friday night.

Dissidents admit Falls Road attack
The scene of the attack after a device is fired at police in west Belfast (© Kevin Scott)

A bomb, triggered by command wire, exploded close to a PSNI landrover at around 10.30pm after being left near the entrance of Belfast City Cemetery.

Police confirmed over the weekend that four officers and several members of the public - including a Filipino family with children aged 11, 13 and 16 - were caught up in the blast.

The family, who had been driving past, were not hurt but were treated for shock.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, the dissident 'IRA' said it had fired a mortar bomb which, it claimed, had struck the PSNI landrover. Earlier police sources said minimal damage had been caused to the vehicle and that there had not been a direct hit.

In its statement, the dissident grouping claimed they had a second so-called unit armed with automatic weapons close by. They said their intention was to engage police getting out of vehicles.

They had previously claimed the mortar bomb had contained explosives from a new supply of semtex - a claim which the group repeated on Tuesday.

The terror group issued its statement to Belfast-based journalist Brian Rowan.

Police originally said that they believed the device had been thrown at the officers but later confirmed it had been detonated via command wire.

The blast, on a busy Falls Road, was heard around the city on Friday night.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of the City Cemetery in recent days or anyone who has any information to contact them.

Superintendent Barbara Gray said: "This was not only a deliberate attempt to kill police officers but was an attack on the community of west Belfast, and it is only through good fortune that no-one, either police or civilian was seriously injured or killed.

"It is fortunate there were no injuries sustained by police or the family whose car was damaged. I send my best wishes to the police officers and the family affected.

"The people behind this attack clearly planned it but I wonder what their plan was had members of the public been injured or killed? The Falls Road is a main route with a constant flow of traffic and pedestrians and it was totally irresponsible to carry out this attack on the local community."

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gerard in belfast wrote (220 days ago):
This is a group of dissident hoods who never got any respect or support from the community so they decided to call themselves the IRA. They will never be the IRA and will never get the support they crave. They are scum who should be locked up
Larry in Belfast wrote (220 days ago):
When are dissidents going to admit they are NOT 'republicans', they are just thugs who like playing cowboys and indians, running around trying to kill or injure the other side. To many times they regardlessly carry out their actions in 'republican' areas endangering their own people and citizens. If they were 'real' intentions they would support their political parties who are getting more and more gains without violence.
Will in Belfast wrote (220 days ago):
Dissident IRA? Low fat IRA I can't believe it's not the IRA what's next scumbags the lot of them kindly step into the 21st century boys nobody wants you crawl back under the rock you came from
D in belfast wrote (220 days ago):
peaceful democratic ways are the only way forward nobody has to be injured or killed when there is a one man one vote system in place we live in a democracy were the will of the people is reflected in our current political status so if the people should want a united Ireland then they will decide democratically and not by a violent minoritys deeds..
scott in Lisburn wrote (220 days ago):
This was not a mortar. It was an EFP. this is by far more advance than a mortar but clearly was not constructed properly. An EFP is basically designed to take out armoured vehicles. These are the same IEDs used by iraqi insurgents. If the dissidents are using these types of weapons then good luck to the PSNI as no armoured land rover is going to stop this. if built correctly an EFP will take out a main battle tank.
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