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‘We Stand United In Condemnation’ Of Shooting Of Police Officer In Northern Ireland, Says Sinn Fein

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Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill has condemned the shooting of a senior police officer in Northern Ireland.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, the party’s deputy leader said “we stand united as one voice in condemnation” of the attack on Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell.

“It is so important in moments like this that we stand united,” she said.

“And we do stand here united as one voice in our condemnation against this horrific attack on a police officer, someone who is part of our community.

“I think the most powerful message we can send is to stand with the chief constable today and to stand with the police service and to say ‘this is not good enough’.

“This is an attack on all of us, this is an attack on our community.”

Ms O’Neill was speaking alongside political representatives from the five main Stormont parties.

DCI Caldwell was shot multiple times in front of young people he had been coaching at a sports centre just before 8pm on Wednesday, in Omagh, Co Tyrone.

Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) says the dissident republican group, the New IRA, is the “primary focus” of the force’s attempted murder investigation.

Three men – aged 38, 45 and 47 – were arrested in Omagh and Coalisland on Thursday morning in connection with the investigation.

A fourth arrest followed in the early hours of Friday.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has said that DCI Caldwell remained in “critically ill and heavily sedated” in hospital following the attempt made on his life.

“We do not underestimate, from the point of view of the police service, how important it is that we are joined today in an act of unity from all the political parties across Northern Ireland,” he said.

“Clearly we know from what we’ve done so far and from commentary from across the community, and the political spectrum, the sheer sense of outrage of this pointless and senseless attack.”