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Man 'stable' after brutal Ballymoney attack

By Steven Alexander

Published 14/11/2016

Police at the scene of the attack
Police at the scene of the attack

A man is in a stable condition in hospital with serious head injuries after he was attacked by masked men in north Antrim.

There were unconfirmed reports that the victim had been shot.

It happened on the Bann Road, just outside the village of Bendooragh near Ballymoney between 7.30pm and 8pm.

A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said they were alerted to the incident shortly after 8pm by the PSNI.

He said the victim - believed to be in his 40s - was taken to the Causeway Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust said last night that the man was in a stable condition. No further details were available.

A police cordon was still in place on the quiet country road late last night as PSNI officers investigated the scene.

The scene of the attack took place not far from where Ballymena man Brian McIlhagga (42) was murdered in January 2015.

The father-of-five was killed by a masked gang in Riverview Park, Ballymoney, who beat and shot their victim in a savage attack. The UDA was blamed.

DUP Assemblyman Mervyn Storey condemned those responsible for the latest attack.

The North Antrim MLA said: "On a day when we have been remembering brave soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, it is sad that there are those in our community who engage in this barbaric behaviour believing it to be justified and that they are doing something for their community.

"Nothing could be further from the truth.

"In the cover of darkness masked men took the law into their own hands to execute their form of justice.

"This was not the freedom that we were remembering today. Rather this was the actions of those who would impose their form of justice, according to their rules."

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