Protest rally against RAAD is held in Londonderry

Derry rally
Image caption A similar protest was held in Londonderry in February, after RAAD was blamed for the murder of Andrew Allen

More than 200 people have attended a rally in Guildhall Square in Londonderry to protest against the paramilitary group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD).

RAAD has been linked to a number of shootings in the city in recent months, and it claimed responsibility for the murder of Andrew Allen in February.

On Thursday, RAAD was blamed for shooting a man in both legs in Creggan.

The organisers of the protest claimed the attack was deliberately timed to coincide with the rally.

The latest punishment-style shooting took place in Rinmore Drive at about 22:00 BST on Thursday.

The mother of the 18-year-old victim described how she had been ordered to bring him to an alleyway close to Creggan shops.

'Not In Our Name'

She waited a short distance away while the punishment attack was carried out and heard her son being shot twice.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said her son had been targeted because of his involvement in drugs.

Saturday's rally was organised by an anti-vigilante group known as RAAD - Not In Our Name.

It insisted that the latest shooting would not deter the protestors, but could result in encouraging more people to come out onto the streets.

It is the second such event to take place in the city this year.

The group held a protest in February following the murder of father-of-two Andrew Allen.

The 24-year-old, who was orginally from the Waterside area of Derry, was shot in front of his girlfriend at their home in Buncrana, County Donegal.

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