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Baton rounds fired during rioting in Craigavon

Brownlow police station
Brownlow police station was not hit, the PSNI said

Police have fired three baton rounds during rioting in Craigavon, County Armagh.

Officers were attacked with flagstones during trouble in the Drumbeg and Meadowbrook estates.

In a separate incident police are investigating reports that an explosive device was fired at Brownlow police station.

Two police vehicles were damaged during the trouble on Saturday night. The Police Ombudsman has been informed.

The PSNI said they received reports Brownlow police station was targeted, but not hit, on Saturday evening.

They have advised anyone who comes across any suspicious objects to contact police.

SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said: "Republican dissidents seem to be upping their game and becoming more emboldened by recent events."

Democratic Unionist MP for the area David Simpson said the incidents were "very reckless" coming on the back of other recent incidents.

Sinn Fein assembly member John O'Dowd said the attack was pointless.

"I would challenge those who claim to speak politically for these factions to tell the republican and nationalist community exactly how these sorts of activities, or indeed the recent murder in Derry advance the cause of a united Ireland one iota," he said.

Pc Stephen Carroll was shot dead by the Continuity IRA in Craigavon last March.

A car bomb exploded close to Newry courthouse in County Down on Monday.

On Wednesday night, Kieran Doherty, 31, was bound and shot by the Real IRA in Londonderry.

Dissident republicans

At the time of Monday's car bomb, police said it was a "miracle" no-one was killed or injured. Officers had been evacuating the area when the bomb went off in New Street.

Dissident republicans opposed to the peace process are being blamed for that attack.

It came days after a mortar bomb was abandoned near a police station in the village of Keady, about 20 miles away.

In the last few years a number of large car bombs been have planted but have either failed to detonate or only partially detonated.

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