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Ardoyne: Loyalist paramilitary group threatens PSNI and Parades Commission

The group issued two images of themselves

An armed loyalist terror group has labelled members of the Parades Commission and PSNI officers "legitimate targets" following rioting last night at an Orange Order parade in north Belfast.

The un-named group issued two photographs to the media, showing three masked men in paramilitary-style clothing sitting at a table with what appears to be two semi-automatic weapons and two handguns.

In a statement the group said after last night's "brutal assault upon the PUL community and the random firing of baton rounds aimed to seriously injure our people we are left with no other option but to announce the PSNI and Parades Commission are legitimate targets."

 The statement added: "We do not want to take this course of action but our people have suffered enough over the last few years and we as disengaged and disgruntled loyalists feel like the time has come for us to take action. No Surrender. “

Violence last night at the Ardoyne sectarian interface saw 20 police officers injured 25 police officers injured and a 16-year-old girl was struck by a car.

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