Violence erupts at interface as First Minister brands bus attack "attempted murder"

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Burning vehicle, Shankill Road.

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A bus has been hijacked and set on fire at the junction of Lanark Way and Shankill Road in west Belfast, the PSNI have said.

Stones were thrown at police while a press photographer was assaulted during the course of their work on Wednesday evening.

First Minister Arlene Foster condemned the violence, tweeting: "This is not protest. This is vandalism and attempted murder. These actions do not represent unionism or loyalism. They are an embarrassment to NI and only serve to take the focus off the real law breakers in Sinn Fein...Thoughts with the bus driver."

Police are advising members of the public to avoid these areas.

“We would appeal to those with influence in the area to use it to help restore calm,” a PSNI statement said.

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