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Garda in appeal on anniversary of border shooting

Gardai in Donegal have issued a fresh appeal for information about the shooting of a Londonderry man near the border a year ago.

James Curtis had to undergo surgery to save his right leg within hours of the ambush.

The attack took place in the remote Legnatraw area, outside the Donegal village of St Johnston.

Two masked men broke into the rented house and shot the 30-year-old in both legs and elbows.

He was ordered to lie down before being shot at the detached bungalow he shared with his girlfriend and their baby.

One bullet damaged the main artery in Mr Curtis’ right leg and he could have bled to death had he not been rushed by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital.

He was later transferred to Dublin where specialist surgery was carried out.

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The Derry man’s 34-year-old partner and their seven-month-old baby — who was asleep — were not injured in the attack.

The gunmen made their escape in a grey 4x4 Kia Sorrento, located shortly after the incident about a mile from the scene of the crime.

Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) later claimed the attack but Mr Curtis’ family strongly disputed RAAD’s allegations of “anti-community activity”.

The shooting came just three months after another Derry man, Andrew Allen, was shot and killed by RAAD in Donegal.

Speaking a year on from the shooting yesterday, gardai said they were working with the PSNI.

Garda Inspector David Kelly said: “We are appealing for information regarding what happened on the night in question and if anybody saw people acting suspiciously in the area we would like to hear from them. There were certainly two men involved in the attack and possibly more.”

Anyone with information can contact gardai in Letterkenny on 00 3537 4916 7100, the Garda Confidential Line 180 066 6111 or any Garda Station.


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