Northern Ireland unrest: Fears as hijacked cars set on fire in Newtownabbey after rioting

Three cars were hijacked and lit on fire in the loyalist O’Neill/Doagh Road area of Newtownabbey on Saturday evening. Video footage shows cars being burned and rioters targeting a police van.


According to the BBC, police were attacked with petrol bombs and fireworks in the area.

At about 8pm, a crowd of 30 to 40 people blocked a roundabout with two burning cars.

It comes after a night of unrest on Friday which saw eight people arrested and 27 police officers injured in Belfast and Londonderry.

On Saturday night in Newtownabbey, on the outskirts of Belfast, police reportedly closed off the surrounding roads and were then attacked when approaching the roundabout.

The BBC reported that the situation was under control by 10.15pm.


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