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Belfast schoolboy hospitalised after 'laser pen attack'

By Cate McCurry

A 12-year-old boy collapsed after the back of his neck was hit by a laser pen, it has been claimed.

The schoolboy and his friend, also 12, were walking towards a bus stop in west Belfast yesterday when they were attacked from behind.

The two boys were on the Glen Road when they were approached by a group of young men at around 4.30pm.

Both boys felt something on their neck and one fell to the ground.

He was rushed to hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Unconfirmed reports from local sources suggested laser pens were used in the incident.

Steven Corr, a Sinn Fein councillor in the area, said: "It is totally wrong for anyone to be attacked in this way. It's concerning that two young boys who are going about their business are viciously set upon.

"I hope the two young men make a speedy recovery and if anyone has any information please contact the police."

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood said: "This is an appalling assault. The two victims must have been very frightened.

"It's vital people pass on information and we find out who was involved in this incident."

Sergeant Tom Donnelly appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information to contact the police.

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