Shop damaged as firebombers strike again

22/12/2004 - 08:14:39

A furniture store was damaged overnight as firebombers behind a wave of attacks on shops across Northern Ireland struck again.

As firefighters fought a blaze caused by two incendiary devices at the Harry Corry premises in Ballymena, Co Antrim, a third bomb ignited.

No-one was injured, but brigade chiefs said the crew had been put in danger.

With six attacks in four days, police commanders believe dissident republicans are behind the campaign to cause major disruption over Christmas.

Other retailers in Ballymena, Magherafelt and Maghera were also warned to check their premises.

In the latest incident, a police patrol spotted smoke billowing from the shop on Church St at around 3am.

Fire station officer Mark Beresford hit out at those who tried to destroy the store.

He said: “It makes me sad that we have come back to this, and to a degree angry at the fact that this has started to happen again.

“But the crews and the officers are all well trained to deal with this type of incident and they know how to minimise the risk to their personnel.”

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