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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 12:19 GMT 13:19 UK
Police attacked during operation
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A crowd gathered and missiles were thrown at police
Police have been attacked with missiles and fireworks during an operation in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast.

Officers responded to a report that a masked gang armed with wooden bats had taken a young man from a house.

The incident took place shortly before 1930 BST at a house in Rockdale Street. The 19-year-old was put into a car which made off towards Whiterock Road.

Police found the man at Bog Meadows. He had been assaulted and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Shortly before 2000 BST, officers stopped a car in the Funnel area of Ballymurphy and arrested a man.

A wooden bat and iron bars were recovered, a PSNI spokesman said.

In a follow-up operation, a firearm was recovered from a car at Ballymurphy Road.

A crowd gathered and missiles were thrown at police.

Two women were also later arrested in relation to the assault on the man.


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