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The shooting took place at a petrol station in Crumlin Road, north Belfast on 22 January 2017 Getty

A man has been arrested after a police officer was shot in north Belfast on Sunday (22 January) evening. It is understood the officer was struck once in the arm after a number of shots were fired from a car on Crumlin Road.

A Belfast Health Trust spokeswoman said the officer is in a stable condition in hospital.

Mark Lindsay, Chairman of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, issued a statement condemning the attack: "This is an appalling act, and I wish to condemn it in the strongest possible terms.

"This attack on the life of an officer is a stark reminder of the determination on the part of terrorists to murder and maim police officers.

"They believe that by causing great grief to a family they are somehow advancing their warped and outdated plan. The wider community will be outraged by this attack on one of their police officers.

"The police serve the entire community and wounding one individual is an attack on the entire community."

Describing the incident as a drive-by shooting near a petrol pump, senior Sinn Fein assembly member Gerry Kelly said: "I hope that the injured officer will make a full and speedy recovery. Those responsible for this attack are the same people who are attacking the local community.

"They have absolutely nothing to offer society and need to call a halt to these activities immediately," he added. "I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI."

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said on Sunday night that the attack was "reckless madness" and warned that there could have been "multiple deaths".

"This was a very concerted attack on our officers – a very concerted attempt to murder them," he added. "Our main line of inquiry at the minute is violent dissident republicans. One arrest has already been made."

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland tweeted: "There are reports that 1 of our Officer's has been injured in a terrorist shooting in Belfast.Thoughts are with him & his family #WeAreYou."

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds tweeted: "Police officer injured in shooting in North Belfast Crumlin Road area. Despicable act of terrorism."

DUP leader Arlene Foster condemned the shooting and said it was "the work of cowards".

According to BBC News, Crumlin Road has been closed while police investigate the incident.