Today many Victims are being comforted after the trauma of another poppy day bomb attack. Many local victims where present in Newry where their commemoration was cruelly attacked by republicans. In an event, which horrifically mirrored the attack in Enniskillen, many where re-traumatised. While we are very thankful that the improvised device was not of the scale of Enniskillen, The intention was the same.
What perhaps is most worrying is the attempt to downplay the attack. Police have described the device as fireworks; however security sources are very clear that this is now a very common but none the less deadly component of modern improvised explosive devices.
In other attacks by both loyalist and republican, such devices only much smaller scale have been described as pipe bombs, nail bombs or booby trap devices. We wonder why then in this instance is it not treated similarly. The most shocking feature of the attack was a timed device being used. This puts an end to the statement that it was a few fireworks.
In conclusion these attacks are calculated to cause fear amongst the minority community in Newry. This has been and continues to be the expressed purpose of the republican movement. Their sectarian terrorist intentions remain unchanged and as victims we continue to expose the lies that they have changed.
HELP US TELL THE TRUTH