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Real IRA 'fired shots at Bessbrook police station'

Shots were fired at Bessbrook police station on Sunday evening
Shots were fired at Bessbrook police station on Sunday evening

The Real IRA has said it carried out a gun attack on a police station in County Armagh.

A car pulled up outside the station in Bessbrook village on Sunday evening at about 2100 BST and opened fire.

No-one was injured. The police station in Crossmaglen has been attacked twice in recent weeks. The dissident republicans also claimed those attacks.

Ulster Unionist MLA Danny Kennedy said he condemned "this act of wanton intent and murder".

Sinn Fein MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy said the shooting was "an attempt by a tiny group with no support in this area to make themselves relevant at the expense of the local community."

"Those responsible want to see the British Army back in south Armagh. Our community does not want this. This group will not succeed in dragging us back to the dark days," he said.

SDLP Newry and Armagh MLA Dominic Bradley said: "This looks like a bit of low-risk action by the would-be heroes of dissident republicanism designed to drive a wedge between our policing service and the community they serve.

"But it will not work."

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