Northern Ireland

Boy, 15, shot in paramilitary-style attack in Belfast

A 15-year-old boy has been shot in the leg in a paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast, police have said.

They said the shooting took place shortly after 09:30 GMT, when "two or three men" entered a house in Whitecliff Parade, Ballymurphy.

They forced their way upstairs and shot the teenager in his left leg.

It is believed the gunmen escaped in a white Ford Fiesta car. The vehicle was found abandoned and burnt out a short time later in Beechview Park.

The SDLP's Tim Attwood, said: "I want to utterly condemn this cowardly shooting which is totally unacceptable."

'Brutish'

The west Belfast councillor added: "There can never be any excuse or justification for people taking matters into their own hands.

"The violent and brutish actions of some individuals can not be allowed to drag us back into the past."

Police have appealed to anyone who witnessed either the shooting or the burning of the car to contact officers in Grosvenor Road station on 0845 600 8000.

"Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111," a PSNI spokeswoman said.