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North Belfast: Man who was shot in face leaves hospital

By John Porter

A man shot in the face on Sunday night was released from hospital less than 24 hours later.

Two masked and armed men forced their way into the man's house in St James Mews at 9pm.

The victim, named locally as Dan Murray, underwent emergency surgery but last night the 53-year-old, who lived in the house with his partner and their baby, was released from hospital.

Witnesses said they saw a man running around the secluded cul-de-sac screaming in agony with a hole in his face.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin ruled out a sectarian motive.

"Seventeen years after the Good Friday Agreement this type of behaviour is just unacceptable," he said.

Meanwhile, a man has been released pending police enquiries following a separate incident, also in the north of the city.

A 50-year-old man was described as critical but stable after reports of a fight in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Brae Hill Park area.

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