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Boy attacked because he had GAA bag, says mum

By Donna Deeney

The mother of a 13-year-old Londonderry boy who was punched to the ground by two men says he was attacked because he was carrying a Gaelic football bag.

Aidan McGinley was attacked as he and a friend crossed the Craigavon Bridge around 11.30am on Tuesday.

Aidan and his friend were walking from the Waterside towards the City when he |became the victim of what |police have described as an unprovoked beating.

Speaking on the BBC, Aidan said: “Me and my friend had just crossed the road when two men stepped out in front of us and hit me.

“One hit me on the face and one hit me on the throat.

“It happened, just like that, it was over in a matter of seconds.”

Aidan added that when he fell to the ground, one of the men “booted” him twice.

The young boy's mother Geraldine said that when her son arrived home he was badly shaken and in a state of shock.

She added that the jacket he was wearing was covered in blood.

Geraldine believes her son was targeted because he was carrying a Gaelic football bag.

Police have released a description of one of the men, saying he was wearing “a black hooded jacket and black training bottoms”.

The police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident and may have witnessed the attack to contact them at Strand Road police station.

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