3 Northern Ireland officers hit by shotgun blast

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 12, 2010 12:34

LONDON — Police in Northern Ireland said three officers had been wounded by a shotgun blast during overnight riots Sunday in Belfast and two dozen other officers have sustained other injuries.

The riots broke out as sectarian tensions rose with the approach of Monday's celebrations by Protestants of a 17th century battlefield victory over Irish Catholics.The violence occurred in Catholic areas of central Belfast.

Police said one female officer and two male officers were wounded by shotgun pellets, and two dozen other officers sustained various injuries. None of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.


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