Gun attack on Lisnaskea police station

Published Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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Justice Minister David Ford has condemned a gun attack on PSNI officers in Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, on Monday night.

Gun attack on Lisnaskea police station
There are reports of a gun attack in Lisnaskea (© UTV)

Police say they are investigating reports of shots having been fired in the vicinity of the police station in the town shortly after 8pm.

"There are no reports of any injuries. Investigations are continuing at this stage," a PSNI spokeswoman said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has condemned the incident.

The Sinn Féin politician described the attack as a "stupid, dangerous and futile act".

Mr Ford tweeted: "Those who tried to kill police officers in Lisnaskea are to be condemned."

The Alliance leader added: "They have nothing positive to offer."

Theresa Villiers, NI Secretary of State, said: "Terrorist attempts to kill and injure people will not succeed in forcing Northern Ireland back to its past. The overwhelming majority have chosen the democratic path and totally reject violence as a means to further political aims."

DUP MLA for the area, Arlene Foster, said the station had been attacked "with automatic gunfire".

Local UUP MLA Tom 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," he said.

This was disgraceful and reckless. The officers of the PSNI serve the whole community, working hard to keep Northern Ireland safe, often at significant personal risk. An attack on the police is an attack on all of us.

Theresa Villiers, NI Secretary of State

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland, which is the body representing rank and file officers in the region, blamed dissident republicans for the attack.

"Officers escape death when dissident republicans attack Lisnaskea station with gunfire. Cowardly and futile. Terrorism will never prevail," the PFNI tweeted.

Sinn Féin MLA Sean Lynch said that those behind the attack have nothing to offer the people of the area or Ireland.

"This attack has and will achieve nothing. Thankfully no one was hurt. The people behind this incident have nothing to offer the people of Fermanagh or the people of Ireland," the Lisnaskea man said.

"These people should come out and explain what they think this attack has achieved.

"They are opponents of change, change which will continue to happen regardless of their actions. Those wedded to violence for the sake of it will not stop the people of the North and all of Ireland from moving forward to a more equal society."

Police have asked anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone who has any information to contact them.

© UTV News
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17 Comments
Michael Monaghan in Belfast wrote (116 days ago):
B in belfast - can you not see how counterproductive it would be to bring in the British SAS - didnt stop the IRA in the past hardly likely to stop them now as a matter of fact support for these people would grow as they would start to get more support and sympathy from the Nationalist community ... Best way to deal with disidents is encouraging people to support and back our police service and coming forward with info to put these people behind bars .. And sending out a clear message that the arm struggle is over .. That the political process to bring about a United Ireland is the only way ..
Michael in East belfast wrote (117 days ago):
No updates on this UTV?
B in Belfast wrote (118 days ago):
Time to bring the sas back in again, because the the psni is out of there depth and dont seem to be able to cope any more .
David in Belfast wrote (118 days ago):
Merry Christmas courtesy of the IRA.
ric in armagh wrote (118 days ago):
Haass may go on home because this country has no hope of peace with these idiots shooting at police.
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