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Man shot in punishment attack

A 42-year-old man has been shot in one of his legs in a paramilitary punishment attack alleged to have been carried out by appointment.

The injured man suffered a bullet wound in his left leg in an estate in Londonderry last night after being attacked by a man wearing a balaclava.

Police said the shooting occurred in the Corrib Court area of Ballymagroarty on the outskirts of the city shortly before 11.40pm.

The gunman was described as 6ft tall and had been wearing dark clothing as well as the face mask.

Eric McGinley, local Sinn Fein councillor, said the shooting was alleged to have been carried out by appointment and was similar to an attack on a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the legs in the same area in September.

Mr McGinley said in both incidents the victims were told to come to the estate.

"It's important to repeat the message that there is no place for guns on the streets of our city," he said.

"The community does not want this and the people behind these actions need to stop."

Police said the injured man was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Detectives appealed for anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the Corrib Court area of Derry to contact the Strand Road station or call Crimestoppers.

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