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Real IRA admit gun attack on ex-councillor

By Clare Weir

THE Real IRA has claimed responsibility for a gun attack on the home of a former deputy mayor of Londonderry whose son serves in the PSNI.

The organisation, which was behind the Omagh bomb in 1998 and was responsible for killing Derry workman David Caldwell, contacted a media outlet in the city last night.

In a statement, the caller said that yesterday's attack was in direct response to "ongoing attacks on the families of republicans".

It also said that serving officers and their families "will have a price to pay" if the alleged behaviour continued.

The home of former independent nationalist councillor Liam Bradley at Lone Moor Road in the Brandywell area was shot at around 1am yesterday, showering the hallway with glass.

Accelerant, thought to be petrol and cooking oil, was also poured through the front door, although this did not ignite.

A window of the family car was also smashed and an attempt was made to burn it.

A stream of well-wishers have been arriving at the Bradley home over the past 24 hours, including the Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty.

The scene is not far from where former Policing Board vice-chairman, Denis Bradley, was assaulted by a hooded man at Mailey's Bar in September 2005.

And in the nearby Bogside, the home of SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey, who has now moved to the east bank for the safety of his young daughter, was repeatedly targeted.

Sources say graffiti threatening violence against the police appeared in the area just days before the attack, although it is not thought that Mr Bradley Jnr lives at the address.

Liam Bradley's wife Marie said the family did not wish to comment on the matter.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan of the SDLP said those behind the attack were "small and cowardly".

"The people who did this are not proving anything. They prove they can pick on vulnerable, easy targets with their violence, their guns and their devices, but they need to prove whether they can cope with the peace and good order which the vast majority of people in Derry want," he said.

Foyle MLA Martina Anderson of Sinn Fein also condemned the incident.

She said: "Liam Bradley is well known and respected throughout Derry and I extend best wishes and solidarity to him, his wife Marie and family."


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