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Shocking figures show almost 200 children shot by paramilitaries since 1990

By John Mulgrew

Shocking figures have shown almost 200 children have been shot by paramilitaries since 1990.

The statistics were released this morning, and compiled by Queen's University professor Liam Kennedy.

The report shows that 167 children were shot by both loyalist, and republican paramilitaries between 1990 and 2013.

The figures showed that between 1990 and 2013:

  • 94 children were shot by loyalist paramilitaries.
  • 73 children were shot by republican paramilitaries.
  • 166 children were beaten – some badly mutilated – by loyalist paramilitaries
  • 178 children were beaten by republican paramilitaries
  • In total, more than 500 children abused by paramilitaries

Alliance MLA Trevor Lunn said the number of victims was "shocking".

"The number of children who were victims of such attacks is shocking," he said.

"It is appalling that there are those who would seek to target our young people, many of whom are still struggling with the consequences of these incidents.

"These attacks continue to take place today, with a man shot in both legs in West Belfast on Sunday. This incident, like all paramilitary-style attacks should be condemned by all sides. These attacks must stop."

Today's figures come after 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.

In the past year there has been an average of two shootings every month.

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