PSNI Officer Shot
A Police Service of Northern Ireland officer has been shot in North Belfast. They are reported to be injured but thankfully in a stable condition in hospital.
The officer was hit around 7.30pm after gunmen opened fire from a passing car at a Police Service of Northern Ireland patrol in the forecourt of a petrol station on the Crumlin Road in the north of the city. The shooting occurred close to the spot where the New IRA tried to kill PSNI officers last year with a homemade rocket.
Outgoing justice minister for Northern Ireland, Claire Sugden, condemned the attack as sickening.
The Police Federation for Northern Ireland chairman, Mark Lindsay, said: "This is an appalling act, and I wish to condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
"This attack on the life of an officer is a stark reminder of the determination on the part of terrorists to murder and maim police officers.
"They believe that by causing great grief to a family they are somehow advancing their warped and outdated plan.” He said the attack underlined the fragility of the peace. "It’s one reason why the threat level here remains classed ‘severe’ which means a terrorist attack is highly like".
A Police Roll of Honour Trust spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with the officer, wish them well and hope for a speedy recovery.
"This attack serves to remind us of the dangers police officers face and we hope those responsible are swiftly caught."
The Police Service of Northern Ireland Roll of Honour is available online here.