Two men shot in separate paramilitary-style attacks in Belfast

 Police at the scene of a paramilitary-style shooting in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast last night
Gareth McKeown

TWO men have been left with “potentially life-changing” injuries following separate paramilitary-style shootings in Belfast last night.

In the first incident a 41-year-old man was shot at his home in Divismore Park area of Ballymurphy, in the west of the city, at around 7.35pm. 
It was reported that a group of men entered the house and shot the man, who was alone, five times in both his legs and arms. 

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey condemned the shooting. “These gruesome, anti-community and violent attacks must stop immediately. Anyone with information about this attack should bring it forward to police,” he said.

In a separate attack a 26-year-old man was shot at his home in Upper Meadow Street in the New Lodge area of north Belfast. 
Police said a group of men entered his home at about 8.30pm and shot him three times in his legs. 

Last night both victims were receiving treatment at the Royal Victoria Hospital for what police called “potentially life-changing” injuries. Police described both incidents as “terrifying” and appealed for information.

“It is another example of a criminal group trying to control a community through the use of weapons, fear and violence,” they said.

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