Two men bailed after attack on ‘Cairo’ worker

The Cairo shop on Strand Road
The Cairo shop on Strand Road

Two men have been arrested and released on bail following an attack on a man working in a shop in Derry city centre.

Police have confirmed that they are investigating an assault in the Strand Road area of Derry on Tuesday night.

People Before Profit are to stage a rally outside the ‘Cairo 24/7’ shop tomorrow afternoon following the attack on the man.

It is understood a number of people socialising in the city centre witnessed the episode and contacted police.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Shortly after 9.30pm it was reported that a man aged in his 30s was assaulted by a number of males outside a shop in the area.

“Two men aged 20 and 41 were arrested.

“They were interviewed and subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries.”

He added: “The police investigation is continuing.”

People Before Profit representatives in Derry meanwhile said they utterly condemn the “sickening attacks and campaign of intimidation” aimed at the owners and staff of the shop.

A representative said that during the incident in Derry, the worker was racially abused and the man needed hospital treatment for his injuries.

“Staff on an almost weekly basis have been racially abused,” the spokesman said. “On twelve occasions the shop’s windows have been smashed. The shop shutters have been deliberately damaged as have the shop’s phone lines.

“Police have been called repeatedly to the shop and have advised the owners to fit a panic alarm, as the attacks are so frequent.”

He added: “The convenience store has been a popular fixture in Derry for a number of years and it’s owners are originally from Egypt.

“They are being forced to live in terror due to the actions of a few bullies and thugs.

“ We call on the community to rally around the owners and staff of Cairo 24-7 and show that the people of Derry with a long proud history of fighting for civil rights will not tolerate these attacks any longer.

“As a simple act of solidarity, People Before Profit Derry call on people to gather at the Cairo 24-7 shop on Friday at 4pm to rally against racism.”