Boris Johnson ‘Deeply Concerned’ about Violence in Northern Ireland

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Northern Ireland, which has seen more than 40 police officers injured in riots in recent days.

A bus was hijacked and set on fire in Belfast on Wednesday, the Northern Ireland Police Service said on Twitter. Police officers were targeted at gas stations and several vehicles were burned, PSNI said.

Tensions have increased in Northern Ireland in recent months, while pro-British supporters are protesting the placement of a border in the Irish Sea as part of the Brexit deal. Northern Ireland’s prime minister, Arlene Foster, condemned the violence.

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“These actions do not represent unionism or loyalty,” said Foster on Twitter, commenting on the video of a bus being attacked. “They are a disgrace to Northern Ireland.”