23 July 2005

Attack on city church 'sectarian'


A petrol bomb attack on a Catholic church in north Belfast is being treated as sectarian, police have said.

Two devices were thrown at Holy Cross Church and monastery at about 0200 BST on Saturday. One caused damage to the roof at the back of the building.

A third petrol bomb was thrown when the police and fire crews arrived. Stones were also thrown at the police.

Parish priest Father Aidan Troy said he was thankful that no-one was injured in the petrol bombings.

"The damage was at the rear and there wasn't a huge amount of damage done," he said.

"Obviously there was a certain amount of water damage because of the need to extinguish a little fire that had started, but thank goodness the damage is of a limited nature.

"We'll have it assessed in more professional detail later today."

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