Barbaric attack on couple

Barbaric seems an inadequate adjective to describe this attack on a couple near Keady, County Armagh in which they were doused in flammable liquid and set on fire. The 21 year old woman is critically ill, the 33 year old man in a serious but stable condition, and the house gutted. And while there is little official indication yet of the “definite line of inquiry” the police are following, there was a suggestion on a UTV news report – not online – that the assault, or rather attempted murder, by a gang of up to six men, was not sectarian nor racist.. but might have been a so-called punishment attack. Adds The same suggestion is made by a local councillor on RTÉ radio[Realplayer audio] More Belfast Telegraph report – “Local people today blamed self-styled vigilantes for the attack” Update The RTÉ report has been updated and there’s not one, but two short Six One News reports[RealPlayer video] More BBC report update