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Teen suffers broken bones in attack by masked gang

By Staff Reporter

A paramilitary-style attack on a 15-year-old boy in Londonderry has been condemned as child abuse by a councillor.

The teenager was beaten with iron bars by a gang of masked men during the savage assault in Gartan Square just after midnight on Saturday.

Describing the attack as "serious and malicious", PSNI Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said: "The assault has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style attack, with the assailants all wearing masks.

"These attackers set upon a vulnerable 15-year-old boy with iron bars - and the victim sustained a number of broken bones as a result."

Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue added: "While the community is experiencing some anti-community behaviour, this is certainly not the way to deal with the issues.

"This 15-year-old boy is a minor. This is a form of child abuse - you couldn't condone it.

"I condemn those who did it, and call for the community to work with the relevant organisations to try and help them with whatever issues they are having."

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