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Bus passengers left shaken after Co Down bus hijacking

Passengers who were on a bus which was hijacked and set on fire by masked armed men in Newtownards were left shaken but uninjured, police said.

Detectives in Bangor appealed for information following the incident in the Westwinds Estate area of the town on Wednesday.

Detective Sergeant Miskelly said “At around 7.30pm it was reported that a number of masked men, one carrying a suspected firearm, hijacked the bus in Blenheim Drive before setting it on fire. 

"Police and NIFRS later attended the scene and the fire was extinguished.  A number of passengers who were in the bus at the time were not injured but understandably shaken as a result of this incident. 

"Not only did this act caused distress to the passengers and destruction to a public amenity but it obstructed a road network close to the Ulster Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department."

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting reference 1360 11/07/18.

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