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Schoolchildren escaped unhurt Monday when two bullets hit their bus in Northern Ireland, police said.

A spokeswoman said the bus was traveling from St. Paul's secondary school in the village of Camlough to Forkhill in south Armagh, close to the border with the Irish Republic, Monday afternoon.

"It is understood that there were approximately 40 children on the bus when two shots were fired, breaking two windows in the bus," she said, adding there were no reports of injuries.

A blue car spotted near the scene and from which the shots were believed to have come was thought to be carrying four to five people. While the motive for the attack was not known, it occurred in a strongly Catholic, Irish republican part of Armagh.

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