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'Jammed gun saved me from shooting': Attack victim

By Staff Reporter

Published 12/06/2015

A man whose house was targeted by a masked gang has said a gun jammed when one of the attackers tried to shoot him
A man whose house was targeted by a masked gang has said a gun jammed when one of the attackers tried to shoot him

A man whose house was targeted by a masked gang has said a gun jammed when one of the attackers tried to shoot him.

Three men - one carrying a gun - dressed in black and wearing balaclavas, were seen at a property on Blythe Street in the loyalist Sandy Row area of south Belfast at about 11.15pm on Wednesday.

No shots were fired. Afterwards, the gang fled towards Majestic Drive.

The householder said his 14-year-old son was in the house during the attack, which he blamed on the UVF.

The victim told UTV a brick was thrown at the house to lure him out, and when he stepped outside, a masked man tried to fire the gun, which jammed or misfired.

It's understood the same house was smashed up by masked men in May. Up to 15 men attacked the property with sledgehammers, breaking windows and smashing into both front and rear doors.

PSNI Detective Inspector Gary Reid has appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact officers at Musgrave Street police station on 101.

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