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Teen 'shot by appointment' is Derry's 13th victim this year

By Donna Deeney

A 17-year-old youth shot twice in the legs was the 13th victim of a paramilitary shooting in Londonderry this year.

In the latest attack, the teenage boy was told to present himself at a children's play area to the rear of flats in O'Riada Court in Ballymagroarty to be shot 'by appointment'.

The shooting has sparked widespread anger.

As the boy lay bleeding in the grass, his father was left to scoop him up and rush him to Altnagelvin Hospital.

Police in the city also revealed they spent £570,000 in less than six months tackling terrorism.

Eleven of the 13 so-called punishment attacks in Derry have been blamed on dissidents and two on loyalists. There have also been 19 terror-related arrests in G District since February.

One man, who did not want to be named, said: "This kind of carry-on blackens the whole area and we don't deserve this.

"There are good people living around here who would not hold with these cowboys going about shooting a young lad for any reason and it's just not right."

There has been a four-fold increase in dissident republican activity across G District this year which has seen pipe bombs, assaults and criminal damage as well as the 13 punishment shootings.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said: "Once again we are going back in time. The victims have been the subject of brutality meted out by some who claim it is some kind of 'justice'. This is not justice."

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