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Ballymena house attacked with petrol bombs

Policeman at Ballymena petrol bomb attack
Police are investigating a motive

A woman has escaped injury after the house she was in was attacked with several petrol bombs.

The attack happened on the Galgorm Road in Ballymena at about 2230 GMT on Sunday.

The police said that at least two devices were thrown through a downstairs window causing scorch damage to the floor, walls and curtains.

More devices also struck the front of the property causing damage to a window frame.

The woman, who is understood to be from eastern Europe, was left shaken by the incident.

A white van which was seen on the Galgorm Road at about the time of the incident and the police want more information about it.

Sinn Fein assembly member for the area, Daithi McKay, said the attack appeared to be racially motivated, though it is understood the police are following other lines of inquiry.

"As the damage to the house shows this was an extremely serious attack and we are extremely lucky that no-one was killed or seriously injured," Mr McKay added.

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