A pensioner has had a gun held to his head during a robbery in County Londonderry.
The elderly brothers were left deeply shocked by the attack
Two brothers, aged 73 and 75, were attacked at their home on the Shore Road in Ballyronan shortly after 1800 GMT on Saturday.
One of the pensioners was working in the yard when he was approached by three masked men armed with handguns and a bolt cutter.
They tied him up in an outhouse, and two of the men then went into the house and tied up his 73-year-old brother.
The older brother was then brought into the house.
A struggle ensued and a firearm was discharged.
One of the brothers suffered an injury to his face, while the other pensioner was tied to a chair.
The gang ransacked the house and attempted to steal a car before they fled.
The elderly brothers were left deeply shocked by the attack.
The two men are recovering in the house and have received messages of support for their neighbours and local community representatives.
Inspector David Anderson said that as the two brothers fought back, one of the attackers produced a gun.
"Both men were subjected to a terrifying ordeal when they were threatened and abused at gunpoint," he said.
"The house was ransacked and the thugs demanded the keys to the family car."
Mid-Ulster assembly member Patsy McGlone described the incident as disgraceful.
"It's a disgrace that these two decent quiet men should be subjected to such intimidation and brutality in their own home," said the SDLP representative.
"Someone, somewhere will have seen these criminals preparing for this vile act. The sooner they are behind bars for a lengthy spell, the better for all in society."