Ballymena family burnt out
A Catholic family in Ballymena have escaped a murder bid after their
house was attacked with a petrol bomb in the early hours of Sunday
The device was thrown through the front window of the home in the
Ballyloughan area of Ballymena.
Three people who were in the house at the time suffered from shock. The
living room was extensively damaged and smoke had affected the rest of
SDLP councillor Declan O'Loan said the incident was sectarian.
"I know the family involved, this has political, sectarian
implications," he said.
"Incidents like this have to be treated as attempted murder and I
say to those involved that they need to recognise the seriousness of
what they are doing."
He added Ballymena had been quiet so far this summer and he didn`t want
to see tensions reigniting.
There was furious sectarian strife in the town earlier this year which
culminated in the murder of 15-year-old schoolboy Michael McIlveen in
Meanwhile, hardline unionists have been blamed for a racist firebomb
attack on a group of Polish people in east Belfast.
A total of six Polish people were in the building on Castlereagh Road,
in the early hours of Saturday morning morning when the fire started.
Several people were treated for smoke inhalation. migrants' lives.
Unionist paramilitary groups routinely carry out race-hate attacks
across the North.