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Masked gang attack police in Co Tyrone after being lured into area by hoax call

By John Mulgrew

Two police officers have escaped injury after their patrol car was attacked by up to 10 masked men following a hoax call.

They were lured into the Moygashel Court area of Dungannon by a hoax call at around 11pm on Tuesday night.

Bricks and paint were thrown at the car as police responded to a call for help.

Police withdrew from the area as they came under attack from masonry.

It was later established the call for assistance was a hoax.

PSNI inspector Keith Jamieson said the officers were "extremely fortunate to have escaped without serious injury or worse".

"The masonry thrown could easily have caused serious injury to the officers or members of the public."

"I would appeal to the community of Moygashel to turn their backs on those who wish to conduct such criminal activity.

"I find it frustrating and disappointing that police were targeted in this way and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about the incident to contact police in Dungannon."

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