Saturday 17 August 2019

Boy (16) shot in 'paramilitary style' attack

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A 16-year-old boy was shot in the legs in a paramilitary style attack in an Irish estate last night.

The youngster was blasted in both legs in the Aitnamona Crescent area of West Belfast.

The teenager was taken to hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds, which police said are not believed to be life-threatening.

The PSNI has condemned the attack as a "horrific act of violence".

Chief Inspector Norman Hanslet said: "This is blatant child abuse and there should be no place for the shooting of a child in today’s society.

"I know that the local community abhor this type of behaviour and I ask for their support and assistance to help bring these people to justice."

It was the second paramilitary-style shooting in the area in just over 24 hours.

A 32-year-old man was shot in the leg in the Cluain Mor Drive area of west Belfast on Saturday evening.

The PSNI has appealed for anyone with information about both incidents to come forward.

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