11 February 2006

Appeal for calm after new attack


A Sinn Fein assembly member has appealed for calm in a troubled area of west Belfast following a petrol bomb attack on a woman's home.

It happened at about midnight in the Divismore area of Ballymurphy.

The living room and the kitchen were scorch damaged in the attack. The woman escaped injury.

Sinn Fein MLA Michael Ferguson said tensions had been running high in the area since the killing of father-of-six Gerard Devlin on 3 February.

"Under no circumstances is it acceptable to attack anyone in their home in this way," he said.

"The Devlin family, like myself, for a full week now have been calling for people not to be taking this sort of action or getting involved, but to allow them to bury their loved one with peace and dignity."

Trouble has been continuing in the Ballymurphy area since the death of Mr Devlin, including a number of petrol bomb attacks.

Four men appeared in court earlier this week charged over the killing.

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