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Woman and child (5) escape injury after gun attack on Belfast house

By Claire Williamson

A woman and a five-year-old child have escaped injury after shots were fired at a house in west Belfast.

It happened in the Aitnamona Crescent area on Wednesday April 19.

Police confirmed a 25-year-old woman and the child were in the house at the time.

West Belfast MP Paul Maskey has condemned the gun attack.

He said: "A young woman and child were in the house at the time of the attack and thankfully they were not injured but it must have been a frightening experience for them and those living nearby.

"There is no place in our society for attacks like this.

"I would encourage anyone with information on this attack to bring it forward to the PSNI."

Alliance justice spokesman Trevor Lunn said he is relieved no-one was injured in the attack.

He said: “The woman and girl involved in this are lucky to have escaped injury or even worse. Aitnamona Cresecent is a residential area and this attack will have caused great concern for those living there.

“Nobody wants guns on the streets. Those behind the shooting are clearly dangerous individuals who must be apprehended by the police.

He urged anyone with information to contact police.

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie said: “Just after 10pm, a number of shots were fired at the house. Two people were in the property at the time however no-one was injured.

“We are carrying out a number of follow-up enquiries and we are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.

“Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1317 19/04/2017. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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