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Man escapes injury after house is petrol-bombed

By Adrian Rutherford

A petrol bomb attack on a house in Co Tyrone could have ended in tragedy, it has been claimed.



A man escaped unhurt after two devices were hurled at the property at Windsor Terrace in Coagh shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

One of the petrol bombs struck the front door while the other hit a living- room window, smashing two glass panes. Police said both devices ignited and caused damage to the house.

Sinn Fein councillor Michael McIvor said there had been problems with anti-social behaviour involving some residents.

“From what I understand this was not a sectarian or racist attack,” he said.

“While there has been a few problems involving individuals, it doesn’t excuse what has happened here. This was a disgraceful attack in an area where families and children live. It could have killed the man in the house or people in neighbouring houses.”

Mr McIvor said there was no support for violent attacks in Coagh.

“This is a small village and it has been a long time since we’ve had anything as serious as this,” he added.

“It has caused a lot of concern and people are very worried. This type of behaviour terrorises people living in Coagh, and it’s not wanted.

“I would appeal to those responsible to think carefully about their actions and for those with information to bring it forward.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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