Oglaigh na hEireann claims it tried to kill north Belfast man at his home

The scene of the shooting in west Belfast. Picture by Pacemaker
Connla Young

THE republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann has claimed it tried to kill a north Belfast man at his home on Sunday.

The paramilitary organisation also said it was responsible for shooting a second man in the Poleglass area of west Belfast on the same day.

The victim, named locally as Peter Lagan (56), was said to have been blasted six times - three times in each leg – during the paramilitary-style attack.

It is believed Mr Lagan, who is from Ardoyne in north Belfast, was abducted in the nearby Ligoniel area and brought to the Glenwood Drive area of Poleglass where he was shot at around 7.45pm.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was described as being in a stable condition.

Ardoyne man Michael McGibbon died after being shot in the leg during a similar paramilitary-attack carried out in April, which was later claimed by the 'IRA'.

Óglaigh na hÉireann claims its members also planned to kill another man in his house in north Belfast on Sunday but the intended victim was not at home.

It said the man has since been given 24 hours to leave the country or “face execution”.

The paramilitary group has also claimed it shot a man in the Ardoyne area in June.

West Belfast Sinn Féin assembly member Jennifer McCann condemned the latest shooting on Monday.

"There is no place for these type of actions in our society,” she said.

"The message needs to be heard loud and clear in the community that these groups need to halt these attacks immediately."

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