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Belfast man shot in both legs while children slept upstairs

By Staff Reporter

A man aged in his 30s has been shot in the legs as his children slept upstairs in his north Belfast house.

The paramilitary-style attack, which happened in Jamaica Street, Ardoyne, on Sunday night, has been condemned by politicians.

PSNI Detective Sergeant McCallum said yesterday: "Police received reports shortly after 11pm that a man in his 30s had been shot in the legs.

"He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening."

SDLP MLA Nichola Mallon condemned the shooting in the mainly republican area. She said: "This brutal attack on a man while his children were sleeping upstairs was carried out by cowardly thugs.

"These types of attacks were wrong in the past and they're wrong now. They've no place in our society."

She added: "I would urge anyone with any information about this horrific attack to contact the police as soon as possible." Sinn Fein councillor Gerard McCabe said: "The shooting of a man last night was wrong and I condemn it.

"Whoever was behind this shooting wants to drag us back to the past. It will not happen.

"There can be no justification for such actions and I would encourage anyone with information about this incident to bring it forward to the police."

DS McCallum appealed to anyone with any information about the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1432 of 25/06/17.

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