I had added a report on the pipe-bomb attack on the Strabane police station last night onto this earlier post, but there’s more detail in the BBC report [RealPlayer file].. which notes the local Sinn Féin councillor’s comments
Sinn Fein Councillor Brian McMahon said there was no appetite in the community for any sort of attack and the group behind the attack should “wake up to that”. “There’s no support in the community for this grouping and they should stop right away,” he said.
Yeah.. that’s why they should stop.. The BBC report also notes that police received a warning that another device was abandoned near Strabane. Adds Cllr McMahon’s comments in the linked video report in full
“There is no appetite in the community for any type of attacks and it’s about time these people woke up to that. There’s no support in the community for this grouping and they should stop right away.”
Update Cllr McMahon was on Radio Ulster’s Evening Extra [link to archived show]. The phone interview starts approx 8 minutes in, and at the end, around 10 minutes in, presenter Karen Patterson asked him – “Would you ask members of the community who see anything suspicious to go to the police?” His answer below the foldCllr McMahon’s response, as best as I can transcribe it, was as follows
Cllr McMahon: “A colleague put that to me this morning. What I would say, if people have whatever information then use their own recourse. I’ll not be a judge and jury on how they dispense of that.”
Presenter: “So you’re not making that direct call to the public?”
Cllr McMahon: “No. And myself, how I would use it, would be my own personal business.”