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Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2006, 10:45 GMT 11:45 UK
30-year-old man shot in the knees
paramilitary attack
A 30-year-old man is being treated in hospital after being injured in a paramilitary-style attack in County Londonderry.

The victim was found shot in both knees at the Cresent Playing Fields off the Bushmills Road in Coleraine shortly after 2200 BST on Thursday.

It is understood that three men were involved in the attack.

The injured man's wounds are not believed to be life-threatening. Police have appealed for witnesses.

SDLP assembly member blamed loyalist paramilitaries for the attack and called on police to do more to tackle them.

"Clearly the PSNI need to upgrade the collection of intelligence on these thugs who have no intention of being assimilated into any political process and are obviously outside the realm of any kind of reform.

"The last thing any community needs is gun-wielding thugs administrating justice with guns and adding to the pressures that our hospitals are experiencing," Mr Dallat said.

Yvonne Boyle of the Alliance Party said the attack served no purpose.

"Once again someone has been brutally attacked for no gain," she said.

We have to get our attitude to violence and the rule of law right, and recognize that such attacks do nothing but harm to the communities we live in."

Sinn Fein's Billy Leonard also blamed loyalists for the attack.

"When will local loyalist and unionist representatives actually work to rid the area of loyalist paramilitarism?" he said.




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