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Anger over paramilitary-style attacks in Londonderry

A spate of paramilitary-style attacks in Londonderry - which saw three separate incidents occur over a 48-hour period across the city - have been branded as
A spate of paramilitary-style attacks in Londonderry - which saw three separate incidents occur over a 48-hour period across the city - have been branded as "unacceptable and deplorable"

By Annamay McNally

A spate of paramilitary-style attacks in Londonderry - which saw three separate incidents occur over a 48-hour period across the city - have been branded as "unacceptable and deplorable".

While police said their enquiries into the attacks are at an early stage, a detective said he does not believe they are linked.

In one attack at 10.50pm on Friday, three masked men, one of whom was armed with a hammer with another armed with a handgun, entered a house in Mimosa Court in the Gobnascale area and shot a 25-year-old victim in the leg.

The gunman attempted to fire a number of subsequent shots, according to the PSNI, but the gun was reported to have jammed and the suspects fled.

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said a woman who was in the house at the time of the incident was not harmed.

"Those who are involved in paramilitary-style attacks do not represent the interests of any community, nor do they contribute anything to it. They do it to try and exert influence or gain control in communities," the officer said.

Detective Inspector McKenna said he was aware of concern in the local community in the wake of the shooting, which he said was the third paramilitary-style attack in the city within a 48-hour period.

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan said: "What these attacks show that if this type of activity did work, there would be no need for it to take place and each of these incidents are unacceptable and deplorable."

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