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Gun attacks on republican homes
Home of Sinn Fein councillor Paul Butler
Mr Butler has blamed loyalists for the attack on his home
There have been separate gun attacks on two houses in west Belfast.

The home of Sinn Fein councillor, Paul Butler, was hit by two shots just after 2200 GMT on Friday.

Mr Butler was out when the attack happened.

His partner and their two children, aged 16 and 9, were sitting in the living room when two rounds hit bullet proof glass in the window.

"They came here with no regard for my family, they could have killed my son or daughter," he said.

"I immediately came back and saw the shot marks in the window. It's bullet-proof glass and they didn't get through but you can see the marks."

Mr Butler, who fought the recent assembly election in the Lagan Valley constituency, blamed loyalists and said he had been regularly targeted and threatened.

In a separate incident, police responded to reports of gunfire at the home of Freddie Scappatticci in the Andersonstown area of west Belfast.

Mr Scappatticci is alleged to be the army agent inside the IRA known as Stakeknife.

He has consistently denied the claims.

In recent months, windows in his house have been smashed with ball bearings and hoax devices have been left outside.

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Butler:
"Clearly, whoever did this came here to kill me or my family"

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