Petrol bomb attack on N Ireland fracking guard

Petrol bombs were thrown at the home of an employee of a fracking company in Northern Ireland on Sunday (3 August). Nobody was injured by what hydraulic fracturing company Tamboran described […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Petrol bombs were thrown at the home of an employee of a fracking company in Northern Ireland on Sunday (3 August).

Nobody was injured by what hydraulic fracturing company Tamboran described as “an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night”.

The bombs were tossed at the house in Letterbreen, County Fermanagh from a passing and at around 3.25am and police are hunting the driver of the vehicle.

It follows a number of threats made to security staff at Tamboran’s nearby site where it is test drilling to see how much shale gas could be underground.

A spokesperson for the company said: “Tamboran fully respects the right to peaceful protest. We welcome calls from those who have called for any protests to be peaceful. However, we cannot ignore such attacks. We call on all local political, community and anti-fracking representatives to unequivocally condemn this petrol bombing attack”.

A spokesman for local anti-fracking campaign group Belcoo Frack Free agreed the attack is “wrong” and condemned it.

Donal O’Cofaigh said: “Such actions only undermine our goal of putting a halt to shale gas exploration. We ask those responsible to desist immediately. This action is not in our name,” reported the BBC.