Continuity IRA claim Ardoyne shootings

Published Saturday, 11 September 2010
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A dissident group claiming to be the Continuity IRA say they shot two men in north Belfast on Friday night.

The pair, aged 23 and 25, were rushed to hospital, where they were treated for gunshot wounds to their left legs. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The paramilitary-type shootings took place at Etna Drive in the Ardoyne area of the city at around 11pm.

In a call to UTV, the Continuity IRA said they carried out the attacks. It is understood the dissident group are handing over drugs that they allegedly seized to a local parish priest.

Alliance North Belfast representative, Cllr Billy Webb, has expressed his revulsion at the shootings.

"I am disgusted by the perpetrators of this shooting. Attacks like this have no place in our society, it is a relic of the past. This act has achieved nothing except to cause pain and hurt in our community", he said.

"I hope these young men are able to make a speedy recover from their injuries. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Father Gary Donegan, from Holy Cross Church in the area, who spoke to one of the victims' family on Friday night, said: "It's just the whole shock and fear of this. And they're very upset at the nature of their son's injuries."

Police have appealed for information.

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republican in belfast wrote (1,536 days ago):
@ craig, wise up. How can the people of ardoyne know anything about this shooting, is it not possible they came from other areas to do it?. Even if they did know who shot the two men, it wouldnt be to do with loyalty to any cause, more to do with fear of intimidation of themselves and their families. You are following the media/psni tactic of criminalising the ENTIRE ardoyne community, shame on you.
benny in bfst wrote (1,536 days ago):
Craig how do you work out the people of that area know who did this, & you say it aint rocket science? There has be other shootings in my area in recent months but I sure the hell wouldn't have a clue who done it. Craig no offence but your comment is ridiculous............ Kidso I agree about getting the dealers ect of the streets but some of these people getting shot are getting shot for nothing. I know a good young lad who was shot last year in the back who is totally innocent of anything & everyone in the area knows that but the media still put it out as a punishment shooting.
Kidso in Bealfeirste wrote (1,537 days ago):
i dont agree with these shootings. but drug dealers should be taken off the streets. people should tell the PSNI about the known dealers. but then when they do the PSNI masters convert the scum into two bit informers.
craig in Belfast wrote (1,537 days ago):
surely the people of this area know these people and what organisation they are in..all it takes is 4 them 2 go to the local PSNI station and tell the officers what they know..it aint rocket science ..but im sure they wont cause they are loyal to their cause...disgusting.
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