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Petrol bombing attack on home ‘was bid to kill’

A sectarian attack on the home of a mother and daughter has been branded an attempt to murder vulnerable people.

A petrol bomb was thrown at the house in Rasharkin at 3.45am yesterday.

The bottle that contained a rag and flammable liquid broke the front window and scorched the windowsill.

A member of the public spotted the flames and extinguished them.

This was the second time in three weeks that the Wallace Park women have been targeted.

A brick was thrown through the same window in the first attack.

Police are calling the attacks sectarian, but are not blaming any particular group.

North Antrim Sinn Fein MLA Daithí McKay described the attack as attempted murder and blamed loyalists.

He said: “The family are very shaken, because this is the second time the house has been attacked.

“They are in shock because they have never been involved in anything political.”

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey condemned the attack, but did not blame loyalists.

He said: “The sad nightmare of sectarian attacks continue in the village of Rasharkin.

“This latest attack is to be condemned in the strongest possible way.

“Whoever was responsible or whatever their motive, it cannot be excused or described as anything other than a display of sectarian hatred.

“Thankfully no-one was injured, however we could have been dealing with fatalities as there were people in the house.

“We all must redouble our efforts to bring all these attacks in the village to an end, and return Rasharkin and its people to be known for all their qualities and not synonymous with these types of incidents.”

Belfast Telegraph