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Police attacked with petrol bombs during bonfire removal as 26 officers injured

Written by on 08/08/2020

At least 26 police officers have been injured after being attacked by “large groups of youths” throwing petrol bombs and other missiles in Belfast.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said officers had attended the Distillery Street area of the city on Saturday afternoon to support contractors tasked to remove bonfire material.

Officers came under “under sustained attack from large groups of youths throwing petrol bombs, masonry and other missiles towards police”, Superintendent Melanie Jones said.

“At this point we can confirm that at least 26 officers have sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment,” she said.

“Footage from evidence gathering cameras will be reviewed and all efforts will be made to identify those involved in the completely unacceptable violence we have seen here today.”

 Sky News

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