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Teen shot in both legs in west Belfast paramilitary attack

A 16-year-old teenager has been shot in both legs in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast, which police described as "blatant child abuse".

The incident happened in Aitnamona Crescent in the city shortly before 9pm on Sunday.

The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds, which police said are not believed to be life-threatening.

The PSNI has condemned the attack as a "horrific act of violence".

Chief Inspector Norman Hanslet said: "This is blatant child abuse and there should be no place for the shooting of a child in today’s society.

"I know that the local community abhor this type of behaviour and I ask for their support and assistance to help bring these people to justice."

It was the second paramilitary-style shooting in the area in just over 24 hours.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the leg in the Cluain Mor Drive area of west Belfast on Saturday evening.

The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information about both incidents to come forward.

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