Hijackers storm bus and order everyone off before setting it on fire

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A bus has reportedly been hijacked and set on fire while people were out celebrating on Bonfire Night.

Emergency services are currently at the scene after a double-decker bus was on fire in the Newtownabbey area, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Sunday.

Four men got onto the bus, understood to be a Translink Metro Bus, and ordered passengers off before the bus was set on fire, according to the police.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene to extinguish the flames and a helicopter has been deployed.

Church Road is currently closed and diversions are in place, Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

A statement to BelfastLive said police officers received a report of a hijacking incident in the area at about 7.45pm.

Translink said on Twitter that all Metro & Glider services are suspended "for the remainder of the evening" and should be operating as normal in the morning .

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Jeffrey Donaldson said: "This is senseless. Such criminal behaviour could lead to death or serious injury.

"This only harms local people and local communities. It serves no cause whatsoever. The ringleaders should step back. Change is brought about by politics not by burning buses."

Nichola Mallon, Infrastructure Minister, branded the incident "madness" as she said: "@Translink_NI buses are paid for & owned by the people of Northern Ireland

"Without them people can't get to & from work, or school, or hospital appointments.

"Our bus drivers are working class people who deserve to be safe in their jobs. What does this madness achieve?!"

The public have been asked to stay out of the area while emergency services are at the scene.

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