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Man shot in both ankles in west Belfast - PSNI say attack was 'brutal and horrific'

By Claire Williamson

A man has been shot in both ankles in a paramilitary style attack in west Belfast.

It happened in Glenalina Gardens, Ballymurphy shortly after 9.30pm on Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Inspector Murphy said: "This was a brutal and horrific attack and I'm appealing for anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the incident to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101."

Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan condemned the shooting and called for an end to gun attacks.

He said: “This comes only days after another shooting in the area and the community wants these attacks to end immediately.

“Anyone with information about this attack should bring it forward to the police.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting 1400 30/01/18.

It comes just days after two "terrifying" paramilitary-style shootings happened in Belfast.

Communities urged to break the silence over paramilitary attacks 

On Sunday night a 41-year-old man was shot five times in his arms and legs when a gang entered his home at Ballymurphy in the west of the city.

In north Belfast, a 26-year-old man was shot three times in his legs at his home in Upper Meadow Street, New Lodge.

Police said both victims sustained "potentially life-changing injuries" and were taken to hospital.

A PSNI spokesman described both incidents as "terrifying" paramilitary-style attacks in the victims' own homes.

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