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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
Julien Behal/PA Wire An injured PSNI officer helped by colleagues during July 12th riots.
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Paint bombs, bottles and a sword: PSNI officers attacked in Belfast
Eight police officers were injured in the attacks, two attended hospital for head injuries.

EIGHT MEMBERS OF the PSNI in west Belfast were attacked last night with two ending up in hospital for head injuries.

Police were attacked by crowds throwing paint bombs, bottles and masonry, while a man charged at police with a sword in the New Lodge area. Police discharged two aep rounds in response to this attack.

Eight arrests were made for public order offences and a number of streets in the area were closed for several hours.

What has been described as “serious public disorder” began yesterday evening and lasted until the early hours of this morning at a bonfire in the Divis area.

A thorough investigation is now underway to identify all those involved in the disorder.

Read: Investigation after ‘shots fired’ at police in Belfast>

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