Northern Ireland riots: Bus hijacked and set on fire in Belfast

A bus has been hijacked and set on fire in Belfast, police have said.

Stones were thrown at officers and a press photographer was assaulted while working on Wednesday evening, as violence flared in the Northern Ireland capital for the sixth consecutive night.

Attackers torched the bus at the junction of Lanark Way and Shankhill Road in west Belfast, said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

First minister Arlene Foster condemned the attack on Twitter, saying: “There is no justification for violence. It is wrong and should stop.”

Police are advising members of the public to avoid the area.

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

The force added it had closed gates after they were also set ablaze along with tyres and bins at Lanark Way – with officers in place who will continue to monitor the situation.

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