Dissidents blamed after attack on house


More likely yobs imho.


Dissident republicans are being blamed for an attack on a house in west Belfast on Saturday night which has forced its occupants to flee the area.

At around 9pm a group of masked youths — one of whom is thought to have been armed — smashed the front door and living room window of a house in Fort Street off the Springfield Road.

There were four people present in the house at the time — three men and a woman — who although unharmed were left traumatised by the incident.

The door and the window of the mid-terrace property were boarded up and no-one appeared to be home yesterday afternoon.

A family member, who did not want to be named, said two of his cousins — both aged in their 20s — shared the house.

He said two car loads of masked individuals arrived in the area shortly before 9pm and were responsible for attacking the property.

While he said he did not know why the house was targeted he said he believed dissident republicans were to blame.

“We’re not exactly sure why they chose them but it seems it was one of the dissident groups,” he said.

“We just don’t know what has happened. It may have been a case of mistaken identity.”

It is believed both men who lived in the house are temporarily staying with other family members.

“They won’t be moving back into that house anyway,” continued the relative.

“They’ll be back to gather up their personal belongings but that will be it.

“They aren’t safe around here anymore.”

A police spokesperson said no motive for the attack had been established and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saturday’s incident came just days after a number of cars were damaged in what local people said was a sectarian attack in the nearby West Circular Road area.

Windscreens and windows of at least 10 vehicles were smashed.

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