Joint patrol attacked in Crossmaglen

 

AN RUC and British army patrol came under attack in Crossmaglen, South Armagh, last night. The joint security patrol of six soldiers and RUC officers was passing through Silverbridge when a crowd of two dozen men came out of a bar and confronted it. Police said they fired two warning shots and the patrol was airlifted to safety from an adjoining field.

In a separate incident, RUC officers fired plastic bullets after coming under attack last night from a crowd throwing petrol bombs on the Kilwilkie estate in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Police and soldiers had been called to the local GAA club to investigated reports of a suspect device, later declared a hoax.