Armed men set fire to bus in Newtownards’ by Protestant Action Force

Masked gunmen who ordered a terrified bus driver out of his vehicle in Newtownards claimed they were from the “Protestant Action Force”.

The Belfast Telegraph understands that the two masked loyalists who hijacked the bus also told the driver that it was the start of a campaign against the Northern Ireland Protocol.

PSNI said it stepped up patrols in Co Down town after 7a Ulsterbus, which serves Bowtown property, was hijacked and petrol bombed Monday morning, destroying the vehicle. The driver, who at first thought he had been robbed, managed to get out of the bus unharmed but has been “badly shaken”.

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