Condemnation of shooting of Belfast Police Officer

Detectives in Belfast are questioning a 36 year old man after a police officer was shot in the city.

He was struck twice in the arm outside a petrol station, and is now in a stable condition in hospital.

Officers are treating it as attempted murder, and say their main line of enquiry is dissident republicans.

Politicians here have condemned the attack – Taoiseach Enda Kenny says it was an ‘outrageous and cowardly act’ , Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says it was ‘despicable’ while Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin says its ‘deeply shocking’.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says he’s appalled by what’s happened.