Man arrested after Belfast gun attack

Friday 17 May 2013 09.26
Police officers were responding to a false burglary report when the shots were fired
Police officers were responding to a false burglary report when the shots were fired

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a gun attack on three police officers in west Belfast yesterday.

The officers were left shaken after they were lured to the Dunmurry area by a false burglary report.

The PSNI said whoever fired the shots was intent on murder.

The man was arrested last night and a number of searches are ongoing in the Greater Belfast area.

Two policemen and a policewoman were responding to a report of a burglary in Foxes Glen at around 1pm yesterday when a number of shots were fired at them.

None of the officers were injured but one of the gunshots struck a parked car. 

Chief Inspector Darrin Jones said police were treating the incident as "an attempt to murder police officers".

Alliance Party Stormont MLA Trevor Lunn said it was fortunate nobody was hurt.

"This just reminds us of the need to show extra vigilance, especially during the G8 when there will be a heightened security level," he said.

"The PSNI are there to protect the public and to uphold the rule of law. Any attack on them is an attack on our society," he added.

Sinn Féin Lisburn councillor Stephen Magennis accused those responsible of a reckless and pointless attack which not only jeopardised the lives of police officers but also local people, including children.