Belfast Telegraph

One person a month shot by paramilitaries

By Deborah McAleese

At least one person every month is injured in a so-called punishment shooting, police have revealed.

In the past year 14 people were hurt in a paramilitary gun attack, according to PSNI statistics.

The most recent shooting occurred in the Ballymagroarty area of Londonderry yesterday when a 30-year-old man was shot in both ankles.

He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Sinn Fein councillor Eric McGinley said there was "no place in our society for such actions".

"Those behind this incident have nothing to offer the local community and need to stop these futile actions immediately.

"I would appeal for anyone with information on this shooting to bring it to the PSNI."

SDLP councillor John Boyle said: "It's not acceptable for anyone to act as judge, jury and, tragically in some cases, executioner."

Despite concern at the number of paramilitary shooting incidents in recent weeks, latest police statistics show they have reduced by over 50% in the past year from 73 in 2014/15 to 36 in 2015/16.

Over the last 12 months there were 14 casualties resulting from paramilitary-style shootings. All but one were blamed on republican groups.

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