In Rathcoole near Belfast, Northern Ireland, four masked men hijacked and set fire to a passenger bus. Local police confirm that the bus driver and passengers were allowed to safely leave the bus.
Last night at 7: 45 p.m., the men got on the bus in a suburb of Belfast, where they ordered the passengers to get off. After this, the masked men set the bus on fire. Nothing is yet known about the identity and motive of the men
The incident is being brought into line with other incidents in Northern Ireland recently. A week ago, a group of masked men seized a bus, which they set on fire. Then there was talk of unrest caused by Brexit.
The Northern Ireland Infrastructure minister, Nichola Mallon, shares a statement:
…it is scandalous and disgusting that our public transport was once again the target of an attack, this time by masked men who commanded the drivers and passengers off a bus, and then set them on fire. This is the fourth attack this year. The criminals behind these cowardly and reckless attacks have done nothing but harm their local community and hinder a crucial public service.
During the UK’s departure from the European Union, the ‘soft border’ between Northern Ireland and Ireland would be maintained, but importing EU goods into the Irish Sea complicates this situation.