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No place for paramilitary brutality

While it has been well documented that paramilitary shootings are still taking place on a regular basis, it can only be alarming that the number of victims has doubled from 14 to 28 in the space of the last year.

Most of the attacks were carried out by republican groups, although loyalists have also maintained a level of involvement in an evil practice which is designed to intimidate all sections of society

There can be no possible justification for illegal organisations seeking out vulnerable individuals, based on the most dubious of evidence, and inflicting appalling injuries which in some cases leave them crippled for life.

Those who engage in such barbaric activities are the enemies rather than the protectors of their own communities, and they deserve to experience the true justice which only the courts can provide.

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