Boys escape injury in petrol bomb attack

Two teenage boys have been injured in a petrol bomb attack in Craigavon, County Armagh, it is understood.
One petrol bomb was thrown at the property in the Lakelands area at about 23:30 on Thursday. Pic: Pacemaker.
Two teenage boys have been injured in a petrol bomb attack in Craigavon, County Armagh, it is understood. One petrol bomb was thrown at the property in the Lakelands area at about 23:30 on Thursday. Pic: Pacemaker.

Two teenage boys were fortunate to escape injury in a petrol bomb attack on their home in Co Armagh.

The house in the Lakelands area of Craigavon came under attack at around 11.30pm on Thursday evening.

The teenagers were in the living room watching TV at the time while their mother was in another room.

Substantial damage was caused to the property while the boys received minor cuts to their feet caused by broken glass.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said a group of three to four youths were then seen running away from the scene.

He said: “This was an extremely reckless attack and it is fortunate that the injuries were not considerably worse.”

Upper Bann MP David Simpson said: “It is only through good fortune that the police are not required to open a murder investigation today.

“There can be no place for those who engage in such attacks and it is vital the police are given all necessary assistance to ensure those responsible are brought before the courts.

“I am particularly concerned of reports that a small group of youths have been witnessed running from the scene and would encourage those youths to identify themselves to the PSNI if to only to be eliminated from inquiries.”