'IRA' say they shot man in north Belfast

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly has said the current threat from dissidents is severe
Connla Young

THE ‘IRA’ has claimed responsibility for shooting a man in north Belfast last month.

The victim was shot in the upper body at a house in the Cranbrook Gardens area of Ardoyne on November 13.

The 30-year-old was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

The republican paramilitary group last night said it carried out the gun attack.

A 49-year-old man arrested after the shooting was later released unconditionally.

The 'IRA' has been responsible for a number of attacks in Belfast in recent times.

In November 2013 it claimed responsibility for shooting dead alleged drug dealer Kevin Kearney in north Belfast.

The latest ‘IRA’ claim comes just days after the same group admitted firing shots at police in west Belfast.

Up to eight shots struck the parked car in Andersonstown but two officers who were inside were uninjured.

Last month the republican group also left a bomb under a van owned by an off-duty British soldier in north Belfast which failed to detonate.

SDLP Policing Board member Dolores Kelly said the current threat level from republican paramilitary groups is "severe".

“As I have said many times before those who style themselves as judge jury and executioner have no support in the local community,” she said.


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