A bus driver has been left badly shaken after his bus was hijacked by armed men and set on fire in Co. Down.
The incident, which occurred in Newtownards, is currently being investigated by the PSNI.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:30am this morning in the Abbot Drive area of the town when two masked and armed men entered the bus and poured fuel throughout the vehicle before setting it on fire.
The bus driver, although left shaken, managed to escape from the vehicle unharmed. DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson condemned the attack by stating, “There was never any justification for people with guns on our streets and damaging property – there never will be,”.
The statement is referring to the fact that the attack occurred on a day set by the DUP to pull down the institutions at Stormont If changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol were not secured.
The DUP leader added, “Thuggery & terrorism will do nothing to remove the NI Protocol. Political action has secured progress and must be allowed to continue. Violence has no place in this.”
Sinn Féin MP John Finucane, who described the attack as “dangerous, reckless and despicable”, said that “There is absolutely no place in our society for this criminality and violence”.
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