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SDLP leader condemns 'brutal attack' on Derry teenager

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has condemned a "brutal attack" in which a Derry teenager was shot in the leg in a paramilitary-style shooting.

A 17-year-old male was shot after two masked men forced their way into his home in Gartan Square area of the Bogside at around 10.45pm.

One of the men was armed with a baton or wooden bat and the other with a handgun.

It is believed a woman in her 50s may also have been assaulted by the intruders.

She was taken to hospital for treatment.

Two other adults were in the property at the time and it is understood they were not hurt.

Responding to the attack SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said "enough is enough" and that "these brutal attacks must stop".

"These actions achieve nothing but cause pain, destruction and fear – not only to the victims directly involved but to families living here in the Bogside," he said.

"Fear and violence didn’t work in the past it won’t work now. With an upsurge in these types of attacks across the City in recent times, I have sought an urgent meeting with the PSNI and I will be working with community and council partners to make our communities safe."

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the crime or who may be able to identify the perpetrators to contact Criminal Investigation Branch detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference 1428 with the date 08/11/2017.

Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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