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Man shot in ankles in west Belfast attack

The man was shot in Ballymurphy shortly after 9.30pm last night

A 39-YEAR-old man has been shot in both ankles in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.

The man was attacked in Glenalina Gardens, Ballymurphy shortly after 9.30pm last night.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital and is in a stable condition.

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Pat Sheehan condemned the attack.

“This comes only days after another shooting in the area and the community wants these attacks to end immediately," he said.

“Anyone with information about this attack should bring it forward to the police.”

SDLP West Belfast Councillor Tim Attwood said: “Those attempting to coerce and control this community through violence and fear must be opposed." 

"The only way to take these people off our streets is for people with information to come forward to the police. We need to get their boot off the neck of this community.”

Over the past two weeks there have been four paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast.

One of the victims in the west of the city was hit on the head with a hammer and shot five times in his legs and feet. Two men received multiple shots to their joints on Sunday in the separate attacks in Ballymurphy in the west and the New Lodge in the north.

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