THE overnight petrol bomb attack on a Tamboran security worker in Letterbreen during the weekend has been widely condemned.
The attack, at around 3am, on Sunday morning (August 3) was on the home of who fracking company Tamboran described as a ‘site worker’.
A car reportedly drove by the house at around 3.25am and threw a petrol bomb aimed towards the house. No one was injured during the incident.
The worker is understood to be involved in security at Tamboran’s test drill site near Belcoo.
The attack has been widely condemned by various parties, including Tamboran, Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network and Belcoo Frack Free.
Politicians have also come out in condemnation of the attack.
A spokesman from Tamboran Resources described the attack as an ‘orchestrated’ and ‘abhorrent attack’.
The company said that two petrol bombs were thrown at the property.
The spokesman went on: “This was an orchestrated and abhorrent attack on a local family in the middle of the night.
“We condemn this latest attack that follows a number of unlawful incidents at our Belcoo site and threats that have been made to security staff.
“The company is operating within the terms of the licence it was awarded by the Northern Ireland Executive to explore for natural gas in Northern Ireland.
“To date we have invested several millions pounds in the economy creating and supporting local jobs and using local contractors. Tamboran has received several hundred emails and requests from local people about employment opportunities.”
The spokesman added: “We know this behaviour is not reflective of the local people.
“Tamboran fully respects the right to peaceful protest. We welcome calls from those who have called for any protests to be peaceful.
“However, we cannot ignore such attacks.
“We call on all local political, community and anti-fracking representatives to unequivocally condemn this petrol bombing attack and to encourage people to share any information they have with the PSNI.”
And, a spokesman from Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network (FFAN), said: “FFAN would like to state that we do not advocate or tolerate any form of violence and condemn in the strongest way possible what has happened in Station Road, Letterbreen.
“FFAN has a policy that we always advocate an ethos which is non-confrontational/non-intimidating/non-violent.
“Violence is not the way to change people’s minds on unconventional gas exploration and extraction and only serves to damage our campaign.
“We would urge anyone thinking of violence or other unlawful activity to think again.”
Police would like to speak to the driver of a dark coloured Audi estate car which was seen in the area at the time of the incident, who may be able to assist with their enquiries.
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