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Man in his 20s shot in the legs during paramilitary style attack in Derry

A man in his 20s has been shot in the legs during a paramilitary style attack in Londonderry.

The "brutal attack" happened in the Galliagh area of the city.

It's understood the victim was shot three times in the legs in an alleyway.

SDLP councillor Brian Tierney condemned the attack.

"There is a real sense of shock and huge anger in this community following the brutal attack of a young man in his 20s last night," he said.

"I attended the scene and spoke to local people who were disgusted at such a savage shooting.

"Aside from the sheer barbaric nature of the attack, it took place in full view of any children or young people in the area. Those behind it had absolutely no consideration for anyone else.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the young man and his family at this very difficult time. I would encourage anyone with any information to bring it to the PSNI as soon as possible."

Earlier this month the Belfast Telegraph revealed two paramilitary-style shootings or beatings are taking place on the streets of Northern Ireland every week.

With the number of assaults on the rise, police have reopened investigations into hundreds of so-called punishment attacks across the region in the past five years.

Figures show that from April until September this year there were 41 shootings or beatings - 20 years after the loyalist and republican ceasefires.

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