Loyalist violence continues apace

Loyalist violence seems to be building up a head of steam with the latest in a series of pipebomb attacks on Catholic homes in Antrim taking place in Cloughmills. The Police Service of Northern Ireland say they will leave no stone unturned in the hunt for the perpetrators.“They always intensify and come to a head during the marching season.” Ian Stevenson, the deputy mayor of Ballymoney Borough Council, said: “I am not going to make any statements about the motive for the attack until I am in possession of all the facts.”

Democratic Unionist Party councillor Roy Wilson said: “I condemn all attacks, loyalist or republican.”

Maeve Connolly in the Irish News (courtesy of Nuzhound) says the attacks are reminiscent of the 2001 campaign against Catholics carried out by the UDA.