'Loud bang' was grenade attack on PSNI

Published Monday, 11 June 2012
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Dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann claims a loud bang heard in Dunmurry, Co Antrim on Monday was a grenade attack on police.

'Loud bang' was grenade attack on PSNI
Police have appealed to those in the Barnfield Road area for their help. (© UTV)

The terror faction told security journalist Brian Rowan that a device was thrown at PSNI in Barnfield Road shortly after 2am.

Local residents reported hearing a loud bang in the area and at around 3pm on Monday police issued an appeal for information.

"Shortly after 5pm a call to my mobile phone from the dissident faction Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH) claiming it was a grenade thrown at police. That caller gave me a recognised codeword," explained Brian Rowan.

The attack comes days after an ONH statement warned it was planning more attacks on police.

A grenade was thrown at police in the Whin Park area of Twinbrook after midnight on Wednesday.

The following day, ONH claimed "more attacks are to follow".

"Now in these latest developments, we have the follow up to that threat," added Brian.

Police say they are continuing to investigate reports of a loud bang and although extensive searches have been carried out in the area, nothing suspicious has been found.

A PSNI spokesperson said they advise people in the area to "remain vigilant and do not approach or touch anything that looks out of place".

© UTV News
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On the Fence in Belfast wrote (921 days ago):
I heard my garden gate bang last night - are ONH going to claim that?
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