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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
Family 'lucky to survive attack'
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The woman's car was set alight outside her home
An east Belfast woman has said she and her five children are fortunate to be alive after a petrol bombing in the Garnerville area.

Shortly after midnight the woman's car was set alight outside her home in Glenlea Park.

The car was destroyed and the house front door and two windows damaged.

"I'm very, very terrified, never been more scared in my life, all my kids were petrified," the woman, who did not want to be identified, said.

However, she added she would not be forced out of the area.

"I'm not leaving my house, I really don't want to leave the house," she said.

"I was born and reared and my whole family live up here and I've done nothing wrong for this to happen to my family, nothing at all."

The woman blamed the UVF for the attack.

Alliance assembly member Naomi Long said the attackers had no concern for the safety of people in the area.

"This was a reckless attack in a residential area, which could have easily caused serious injury or even death," she said.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers said he hoped it was not the start of more violence in the area.

"This family clearly had a fortunate escape and those responsible must be hunted down," he said.


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