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Teenager has been shot in Belfast in a punishment style attack

By Rebecca Black

The 17-year-old was shot in both legs at a flat in west Belfast

The punishment style shooting was carried out around 7pm on Friday.

A PSNI spokesman said they received a report that a 17-year-old male had been shot in both legs in the Ardmonagh Parade area of west Belfast.

He has been taken to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The street remains cordoned off this evening.

Detective Inspector Pete Mullan has appealed for information about this attack.

"I would appeal to anyone with any information about this shooting to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non emergency number 101," he said.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has condemned the shooting.

"This shooting of a 17 year-old man in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast was wrong and I utterly condemn it," he said

"The people who carried out this shooting have nothing to offer this community other than hurt and intimidation.

"There can be no place for guns in our society.

"Those responsible need to end these futile and reckless actions immediately."

SDLP West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood urged anyone with information about the attack to speak to police.

"Those responsible for this attack do not represent and are opposed by the vast majority of people," he said. West Belfast had decades of people being brutalised.

"People will resist any return to that terrible past.

"Someone will have information about this attack and those involved in other attacks. I appeal to those with knowledge to give that information to the police."

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