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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2007, 06:27 GMT 07:27 UK
Baby targeted in UDA gun attack
carrick shooting scene
Police are investigating the gun attack
A couple and their baby have been targeted in a gun attack on their Carrickfergus home.

The family were asleep when three shots were fired through a window of their house at Drumhoy Drive, in Sunnylands estate. No-one was injured.

Wednesday night's attack is being linked to a feud between the mainstream Ulster Defence Association and a breakaway faction in south-east Antrim.

Mayor David Hilditch said police were carrying out searches in the area.

"Fortunately no-one has been hurt here tonight. It could have been very much different.

"It is of grave concern that this incident which we would be linking to the loyalist feud in Carrickfergus, the UDA feud, that someone hasn't been seriously hurt tonight."

Intimidation

He said there had been an "ongoing situation" since a policeman was shot in the nearby Castlemara estate in July.

"We have had a catalogue of incidents ranging from low-level intimidation to shootings and pipe bombings throughout that three-month period. We are getting sick of it here in Carrickfergus," he said.

In August, Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie gave the UDA 60 days to begin decommissioning or she threatened to stop funding for a loyalist initiative.

That deadline passed on Tuesday night.



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