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Two men hurt as sectarian arsonists set home on fire

By David Young

Published 14/10/2016

The fire-damaged house on Ligoniel Road
The fire-damaged house on Ligoniel Road

Two men have been treated for smoke inhalation after a sectarian arson attack on a house in north Belfast.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses following the attack on the property in the Ligoneil Road area yesterday.

At around 1.25am, it was reported that a fire had been started at the front door, causing significant damage.

A sectarian slogan was daubed on the front wall.

Two men, aged in their 20s, who were in the property at the time were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

PSNI spokesman Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: "Police are investigating a sectarian motive for this incident and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101."

He said information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Old Park councillor Julie Ann Corr Johnston condemned the attack and expressed her concern for the health of the two men who were injured.

She also appealed for witnesses to come forward to the police so the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

"Two young men are being treated for smoke inhalation as a result of this attack," she said.

"The PSNI are investigating potential sectarian motives behind the arson.

"This is not how we do things anymore.

"There must be an end to violent acts so that the people of north Belfast and further afield can get on with their lives.

"I wish both men well in recovering from their injuries and place my support behind the PSNI in ensuring the perpetrators are brought to justice."

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