Northern Ireland

Boy injured by device on Glen Road, Belfast, 'convulsing'

Glen Road
Image caption The boys were walking towards a bus stop in west Belfast when the attack happened

A woman who helped a schoolboy injured in a Belfast attack said he was convulsing and she could smell burning.

Two 12-year-olds and a 13-year-old were assaulted with what police described as a "small electronic device" on the Glen Road.

It happened at about 16:30 BST on Wednesday when the boys were approached by a group of youths.

The boys told police they felt something on their necks and one of them fell to the ground.

One of them is believed to be a pupil at De La Salle College and another at St Mary's CBS. They were walking towards a bus stop at the time.

'Barely conscious'

A woman in a nearby office saw what happened and rushed to help.

She told BBC News NI the boy who fell was "convulsing, barely conscious and in a bad state".

She said she could smell burning and saw the boy had a two-inch long strike mark on the back of his head.

Image caption The attack happened on the Glen Road

Both 12-year-old boys were taken to hospital.

One was treated and discharged immediately, the other was still being assessed late on Wednesday night, but is believed to now be recovering at home.

Community representatives have said it was a worrying development.

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey told The Irish News: "I would hope that those involved would see sense and pass it (the weapon) on to their parents or school.

"I would also urge schools to work with each other to look at what has happened."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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