A parade in Northern Ireland by opponents of the Good Friday peace accord turned violent on Monday when Irish nationalists threw petrol bombs at a police vehicle. The mayhem comes on the eve of President Biden's arrival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the deal.
The parade took place in Derry, in the far northwest corner of Northern Ireland, on the border of The Republic of Ireland. The official name of the town is Londonderry, but it's widely referred to as Derry, particularly by Catholics and Irish nationalists who prefer a version that doesn't reinforce UK control.
Photos and video show a group of masked young men hurling firebombs at an armored Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Land Rover, with The Telegraph reporting that one tried in vain to break a window before the fiery onslaught.
"This was a senseless and reckless attack on our officers who were in attendance in the area in order to comply with our legal duties,” said Derry City & Strabane Area Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard. No injuries were reported.
"During today's policing operation, we deployed evidence-gathering resources, and obtained footage which will now be reviewed as part of an investigation into potential offences under the Terrorism Act," said Goddard.
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