Sunday 25 September 2016

Leading loyalist shot dead in Belfast attack

Published 08/08/2016 | 02:30

A prominent loyalist was shot dead in north Belfast in an apparent sectarian attack last night. AFP/Getty Images
A prominent loyalist was shot dead in north Belfast in an apparent sectarian attack last night. AFP/Getty Images

A prominent loyalist was shot dead in north Belfast in an apparent sectarian attack last night.

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The shooting happened at around 9.50pm in Sunningdale Gardens in the unionist Ballysillan area.

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster immediately condemned the killing.

"Shocked and disgusted to hear of a murder in nth Belfast tonight," she tweeted. "I urge everyone to work with the police as they investigate."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness branded the shooting "shameless".

"There can be no justification for the murder of a well known Loyalist in N.Belfast tonight," he tweeted.

"This was shameful & I unreservedly condemn it."

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said on Twitter: "Concerned to hear of fatal shooting in N Belfast. No place for violence in communities."

Irish Independent

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