Police officer injured during terrorist shooting in north Belfast

The incident took place at a petrol station on the Crumlin Road

Police officer injured during terrorist shooting in north Belfast

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A PSNI officer has been shot in the arm after a shooting took place in north Belfast.

The PSNI said the officer was injured in a suspected drive-by attack. 

It is the first shooting of its kind in Northern Ireland for over eight years.

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland tweeted "There are reports that 1 of our Officer's has been injured in a terrorist shooting in Belfast.

It happened at a petrol station on the Crumlin Road shortly after 7pm - the area has been closed off while officers investigate.

Mark Lindsay, chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, 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.

 

Speaking about the incident North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds condemned the shooting incident saying "This is a deeply disturbing incident which echoes back to the kind of terrorism we used to face on a daily basis.
 
"My thoughts are with the officer who has been injured and I pray that the injuries sustained are not life-threatening and they can make a full recovery.
 
"These are scenes that we should all want to move away from in Northern Ireland. We must be mindful how a threat to the future of the political institutions can create a vacuum, which terrorists such as these will seek to fill."
 

 

More to follow.