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Sinn Fein MLA claims shooting of teenager was carried out by 'loyalist paramilitaries'

Sinn Fein MLA Phillip McGuigan has said that the shooting of a teenager in Ballymoney on Sunday was "quite clearly carried out by loyalist paramilitaries".

The teenager was shot four times in a "brutal" paramilitary style attack in Ballymoney in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police are investigating after the incident in the Moneycannon Road area.

It was reported that an 18-year-old man had been shot four times, once in each arm and leg, at around 3.30am by unknown intruders.

The injured man has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Mr McGuigan said there can be no justification for such attacks.

“In fact this is just the latest of many attacks, resulting in death and serious injuries, close to Ballymoney, carried out by loyalists. There needs to be firm action by the PSNI to halt these attacks and bring those responsible to justice,” the North Antrim MLA said.

“Our enquiries are at a very early stage into what was a brutal attack on a young man in his home by dangerous and violent individuals, and I would ask anyone with any information which could assist us to apprehend those responsible to contact detectives at Coleraine on 101 quoting reference number 324 23/09/18," Inspector Vince Redmond said

"Alternatively, information can also be provide to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson said "there can be no acceptance for such attacks".

"Paramilitary assaults and coercive control must always be challenged,” the East Antrim MLA said.

“Those with knowledge behind this and other similar brutal and vile attacks need to come forward and provide information to the police. This scourge on our society must be addressed. Far too often, those responsible for such attacks escape justice and there is a sense of impunity to their actions."

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