Belfast Telegraph

Shooting of Belfast teenager in both ankles condemned

By Adrian Rutherford

The shooting of a teenager in a "brutal" paramilitary-style attack has drawn condemnation.

Police said the 18-year-old was shot in both ankles in the Pembroke Loop Road area of Dunmurry, west Belfast.

The victim was taken to hospital for his injuries.

The incident was reported shortly after 8pm on Saturday evening.

SDLP west Belfast councillor Brian Heading condemned those behind the shooting.

"This brutal attack and all forms of summary justice are opposed by this community," he said.

Mr Heading said the culprits had no support.

"It's utter madness that criminals would carry out an attack like this two days before Christmas," he added.

"There remains a group of individuals who defy the will of this community for peace.

"Those who have brought violence onto our streets need to understand, and they need to be made to understand, that they represent no one.

"I would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Pembroke Loop Road area to get in touch with the PSNI or with Crimestoppers. We need to take back our communities from these people.

"That can only be done if people volunteer information."

Police urged anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information to contact officers at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1568 23/12/17.

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

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