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Children escape injury in west Belfast gun attack

Shots have been fired at a house in Ballymurphy, west Belfast
Maeve Connolly

A woman, man and three children have escaped injury in a gun attack on a house in Ballymurphy, west Belfast.

It happened shortly before 8.50pm in St Bernadette's Avenue and a number of shots were fired at the house in a "reckless attack", police said.

A man, aged in his thirties, a woman in her twenties, and three children were in the house at the time of the shooting.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Eric Fairfield said: "This was a reckless attack, and we are fortunate no one was physically injured as a result of it but, as you can imagine, this was a distressing ordeal for the victims.

“The very fact those behind this reckless attack thought it was acceptable to fire shots at a house in a built-up area shows the contempt they have for people in their community. The bullets could have strayed at any moment and hit someone passing by."

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