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Shooting of teenager in west Belfast was 'brutal and horrific attack'

A 17-year-old was shot three times in the legs in west Belfast

A teenager shot three times in the legs in west Belfast is a member of a well-known family who was previously told he was under threat from dissident republicans.

The gun attack took place in Downfine Gardens, close to the Turf Lodge area, shortly before 11pm on Thursday.

Police said the 17-year-old's injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, but described it as a "brutal and horrific attack".

"It is yet another example of how criminal elements seek to control communities through fear and violence."

People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll condemned the attack, saying "these shootings are futile and are opposed by the majority of this community".

"They do nothing to lift people out of poverty and social deprivation. Instead, they are about control and instilling fear.

"We need to invest in our young people. To provide services and opportunities, not blast them with guns in the middle of the night."

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