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Shots fired at Lurgan home of leading dissident Colin Duffy

Police at the scene of the incident in Lurgan
Police at the scene of the incident in Lurgan
Colin Duffy
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

The home of well-known dissident republican Colin Duffy has been targeted in an apparent shooting.

The incident took place in Lurgan in the early hours of yesterday.

Police attended the scene. According to reports, family members were in the house at the time.

Photographs showed broken glass in a window at the front of the property.

SDLP councillor Joe Nelson condemned what he called an indiscriminate attack on a family home.

He said it was the latest violent incident in the town in recent days.

"There's also been two people very seriously injured in knife attacks nearby in north Lurgan," he added.

"An attack like this is not to be tolerated and we should ostracise the people of violence."

Sinn Fein councillor Liam Mackle said the shooting was not acceptable.

"Nobody has any rhyme or reason to be using guns today and I condemn it outright," he said.

"I'd call on anyone with information to contact the police."

Dissident group Saoradh urged vigilance. In a statement its Armagh branch said: "It is understood that Colin's wife and children were present at their home at the time when two loud bangs were heard, during the course of which the living room window was struck.

"Thankfully, none of the family were injured during this reckless attack. Saoradh offer the Duffy family our total support at this worrying time."

PSNI Superintendent Wendy Middleton said enquiries are ongoing.

"I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around 1.45am, and who saw or heard anything suspicious, to call police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 136 of April 23."

Information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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