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INLA is challenged over gun attacks

By Donna Deeney

The INLA in Londonderry has been challenged to deny it was behind two separate gun attacks in the city over the weekend.

Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey suggested the organisation had taken guns back onto the streets of Derry, breaking a 14-year ceasefire.

On Saturday a 42-year-old man was the victim of a punishment-style shooting after he was understood to have been told to present himself at Corrib Court in the Ballymagroarty area of the city.

Less than 24 hours later a 26-year-old man was shot at Liscloon Drive in Shantallow. Mr Ramsey said he believed the INLA was behind both the gun attacks and called on it to explain its actions.

He said: "Certainly, from the information I have, I believe both of these shootings were the work of the INLA and I challenge them to own up to what they have done."

Tommy McCourt, manager of Rosemount Resource Centre - which acts as an intermediary between paramilitaries and anyone threatened by them - said while he had no information to confirm if the INLA had broken its ceasefire, he said he understood why it could be perceived that way by people.

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