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Man chased into own house and savagely beaten by three thugs

Man chased into own house and savagely beaten by three thugs

Man chased into own house and savagely beaten by three thugs

A FARMER blasted in a shotgun attack is to undergo surgery for his injuries.

The 42-year-old victim was targeted near a laneway in Glenswilly, outside Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

It's understood the shooting is related to a local land dispute.

The victim was treated at Letterkenny General Hospital for injuries to his face and shoulder before being transferred to Galway for further treatment.

His injuries are not life-threatening. It's believed he will need to undergo plastic surgery once his wounds heal.

A second man who was with the victim escaped injury and was able to run away from the scene of the incident and raise the alarm.

The two men were sitting in a digger when the shots were fired. It's understood the vehicle took the brunt of the blasts.

Local scources believe the incident is linked to a dispute over land in the area and a right of way.

A shotgun was later seized by gardai and a man was helping with their enquiries. He has since been released.

Forensic officers visited the scene of Saturday's shooting and spent several hours there.

Gardai are expected to formally interview the victim later this week.

The incident has rocked the rural parish where it took place.

"This is normally a quiet rural community and this incident has left absolutely everyone in shock," said one local mum.

"The man who was hurt is a lovely fella and everyone hopes he makes a full recovery from his injuries."

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