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Police Blame Protestant Group for Belfast Riots

April 05, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Police blamed Northern Ireland's major outlawed Protestant group for stoking days of riots in North Belfast.

Also, Roman Catholics in the provincial capital's Ardoyne district said a Protestant gunman fired five shots at them while other Protestants threw bricks and rocks. Nobody was reported hurt.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan said Ulster Defense Assn. members bombarded his forces with dozens of homemade grenades and gasoline bombs Wednesday night. Police reported five bursts of gunfire and said they fired 15 plastic bullets at rioters.

Thirteen officers were injured.

Politicians linked to outlawed Protestant groups accused police of not doing enough to stop attacks by Catholics.

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