Gunmen fire shots outside house after threatening single mum at home with children

Ard-Na-Smoll in Dungiven where masked men fired several shots in the air after confronting a woman on Wednesday night. Picture: Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

POLICE have appealed for information after shots were fired in the air by a masked gang who threatened a single mother at home with her three children.

The incident happened at Ard-Na-Smoll in Dungiven shortly before 9pm on Wednesday.

It was claimed last night by a group calling itself the North Derry Republican Group.

Police said the masked men made off in what was described as a silver coloured jeep.

The woman at the property was not injured.

However Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey said the woman's young children were at home at the time of the attack.

He said: " No-one wants this type of thing. It presents a false picture of Dungiven where there is a good tight-knit community.”

Mr McGlinchey said the woman had left her home yesterday but he was hopeful that she would return.

Claiming responsibility for the attack, the North Derry Republican Group said it did not fire directly at the victim's home because there were children present.

In May 2012, the organisation fired a number of shots at a house at Kevin Lynch Park in Dungiven.

The following year it claimed responsibility for an attack where shots were fired at a house at Rannyglass, also in Dungiven.

In January this year, the republican group also targeted a house at Gortnaghey on the outskirts of Dungiven, firing shots in the air.

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