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Children in house at time of Derry paramilitary shooting - victim's injuries 'life-changing'

Police said a woman and two young children where in a house at the time of a paramilitary attack in Northern Ireland

Three men forced their way into a home in the Oakland Park area of the Creggan estate in Londonderry on Wednesday at around 9.30pm.

They shot a 20-year-old man three times in the legs who was left seriously injured.

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton, Criminal Investigation Branch said: “This was a sickening and brutal attack and yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.  This man's injuries may well be life-changing.

"These attacks are barbaric and are about people cementing their own status and control over communities.  Nothing gives these people the right to violate the human rights of others.  They have no place in our society and their actions should be condemned by all.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information about this attack to contact detectives in Strand Road on 101, quoting reference 1272 12/09/18.  Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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