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Almost 80% of dissident republican targets are Catholic

Published 28/04/2016

Michael McGibbon
Michael McGibbon

Almost 80% of victims of dissident republican shootings since 2007 have been Catholics and nationalists, according to a new study.

More than 77% of the 175 people shot dead or wounded by republican terror groups were recorded in the categories of “Catholics” and “criminals” in an analysis of fatal shootings and woundings for the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.

The study runs from 2007 - the year when Sinn Fein agreed to support the PSNI as part of the St Andrews agreement - until the end of 2015.

It also found that just over 15% of shooting casualties in the same period were police officers and just over 0.5% of the overall casualties were British soldiers.

In bomb, grenade and rocket attacks carried out by dissident republicans in Northern Ireland, PSNI officers made up 40% of casualties and Catholic civilians made up a further 40%

Earlier this month, taxi driver Michael McGibbon was shot by dissident republicans in an alleyway near his north Belfast home.

The 33-year-old had gone to meet his killers at Butler Place after refusing to come to the door when two paramilitaries visited his house in Ardoyne 24 hours earlier.

He died in the arms of his wife Joanne after he was shot in the legs in an Alleyway.

The father-of-four was allegedy targeted because he “made an unfavourable comment” to the daughter of a dissident.

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