‘Nothing can justify barbaric shooting’, slams Bradley
SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley has revealed how the victim of barbaric shooting in Cullyhanna last week was also attacked with a sledgehammer by the gun wielding gang.
The Newry and Armagh assemblyman was speaking in the Assembly today during a debate about recent violence in the North, including the shooting of a 15-year-old male in Coleraine, a pipe bomb attack in Strabane and a petrol bomb attack on the Alliance party office in Belfast.
Bradley said he had visited the victim of the Cullyhanna shooting, which he branded “barbaric”. He spoke of how the victim told him four men had forced their way into his home, with guns and hammers, and shot him in the legs while his wife and daughter were held in another room.
Referring to a statement by ‘Óglaigh na hÉireann’ regarding the shooting, Bradley said, “No statement can justify this barbaric action. The use of violence is wrong and cannot be justified. The SDLP believes that it was wrong in the past and is wrong now.”
“No strategy, aims, or objectives can justify violence. The shooting only serves to illustrate the obscenity of this type of behaviour. The people of Ireland have made clear their opposition to this type of action and those responsible should heed their will and desist.
“Once again I ask anyone who can help the PSNI to apprehend the culprits to come forward with any information which they may have.”
Bradley added that he, and the whole community stand with the victim.
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