Dissident republicans blamed for Londonderry shooting

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The attack occurred at a house in the Rinmore Drive area of Londonderry

Dissident republicans have been blamed for shooting a man in the Creggan area of Londonderry.

The man, in his 30s, was shot in the arms, legs and in one of his hands. He was also attacked with iron bars. Police said his injuries were "life changing".

It happened in Rinmore Drive shortly before 21.10 GMT on Friday.

PSNI Det Ch Insp Johnny Hunter called the shooting a human rights abuse.

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It is thought the attackers broke in through the back door

"We believe violent dissident republicans are behind this attack," he told BBC Radio Foyle.

"These people are faceless, they are unaccountable. It is shocking in a modern democratic society that we want this to be the image of our city."

The victim is being treated in hospital.

"If you look at some of the incidents that have been linked over recent weeks it shows you how reckless they are and how much they disregard their own community," Det Ch Insp Hunter added.

"These people are traumatising and re-traumatising people," he said.


Kevin Campbell, who is a Sinn Féin councillor in the area, called the attack "barbaric".

"Nobody in the community has asked for this," he said.

"There is no room in society today for this type of activity."

Police have called for anyone with information to come forward.