Third gun attack on Crossmaglen police station

July 6, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

Gun shots were fired at the PSNI station in Crossmaglen on Friday night, the third such attack in recent months.

The incident occurred shortly before 11.00pm when it’s believed a lone gunman fired a number of shots at the perimeter fencing of the Culloville Road base.  There were no reports of any injuries.

Around noon on Saturday, police and forensic specialists moved in to examine the scene and the area was closed to traffic for a number of hours.

There were similar gun attacks on the base in December and January, for which the Real IRA claimed responsiblilty.

And in April the Continuity IRA abandoned a car containing what police later described as ‘a viable device’ at the gates of the station.

As yet, no group has claimed responsibility for this latest attack.

The SDLP’s Dominic Bradley condemned those responsible.

“People in Crossmaglen are fed up with this type of activity which is becoming all too common of an occurrence,” he said.

“Those responsible for this attack are stuck in the past, have nothing positive to offer this area and need to move on so that we can all live in a prosperous, safe society,” Mr Bradley said.

“The onus is on politicians to ensure that there is no political vacuum which would give those who are opposed to change any space whatsoever.  The only way that we can live in peace is by the community working closely with an accountable police force,” he added.