Page last updated at 11:09 GMT, Monday, 12 October 2009 12:09 UK

Dissidents were behind shooting

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The man was abducted and shot in the Bogside area of the city

The dissident republican vigilante group, RAAD - Republican Action Against Drugs- said it carried out a gun attack on a 27-year-old man in Londonderry.

The victim was dragged from a house in the Brandywell by a masked gang last Wednesday and taken to Meenan Square in the Bogside area where he was shot.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for almost a dozen similar attacks in city over the past year.

The PSNI said they were determined to dismantle the group.

One of the police officers who went to the scene of the shooting last week was knocked unconscious after he was hit on the head with a lump of concrete.

PSNI Inspector Jon Burrows said the officer was treated in hospital but was back at work the next day.

"He's back on duty, back delivering a policing service to the local people here to try and make them safer in their cars, their homes and their neighbourhoods.

"I don't think a clearer contrast could be had than between that police officer, a public servant who is back delivering policing and making people safer, and the thugs who attacked him," he said.

The 27-year-old shooting victim was also treated in hospital for his injuries.



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