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Man shot in the back in Co Antrim

Published 14/11/2016

Police said they are working to establish a motive
Police said they are working to establish a motive

A man in his thirties has been shot in the back during an attack in Co Antrim.

He also suffered a head injury after masked men forced their way into a house in the Bann Road area of Ballymoney at about 7pm on Sunday.

The victim was taken to the Causeway Hospital where his condition has been described as serious but stable.

The suspects are believed to have fled in the direction of Bendooragh in a car.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey described the attack as barbaric.

He said: "This is not what our community wants.

"Whatever the motive and whoever was involved, this type of action is to be condemned in the strongest possible way. I would encourage anyone with any information to contact the PSNI."

Police said they are working to establish a motive.

Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings has appealed to anyone with information to contact police in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference 1068 13/11/16.

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister said he was shocked and saddened by the shooting.

He said: "This sort of incident would be shocking at any time but it is particularly horrifying on Remembrance Sunday when our thoughts turn to the sacrifices made for freedom. It deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

"I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward to the police.

"It is imperative that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice."

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