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KNEECAPPING. . . .The steps at Kildrum Gardens, Creggan, scene of a kneecapping on Sunday night. 2407JM36

KNEECAPPING. . . .The steps at Kildrum Gardens, Creggan, scene of a kneecapping on Sunday night. 2407JM36

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Fears are growing of a feud between dissident republican factions in Derry following a shooting in the Creggan area of the city on Sunday night.

A 31 year-old man, believed to be a prominent member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) was shot in both knees in an alleyway at Kildrum Gardens at around 11pm on Sunday.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the shooting but republican sources in the area have indicated that it may have been the work of vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs.

Local sources have voiced concerns that the attack may raise tensions between dissident republican groups operating in the area.

Residents of Kildrum Gardens reported hearing a number of shots shortly before 11pm and eyewitnesses reported seeing at least four masked men fleeing the scene immediately after the shooting.

It is believed one of the masked men shouted to local residents who came out after hearing the gunshots, to call for an ambulance.

A car was targeted in an arson attack at Joseph’s Place in the Bogside earlier on Sunday night although it is not known if the two incidents are linked.

The shooting incident has been condemned by local politicians.

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said: “There is no support for these actions in our community and those involved must stop.

“This latest shooting in Creggan serves no purpose and runs completely counter to the work being done to build a safer community.”

Creggan SDLP councillor Jim Clifford also condemned the gun attack. “This is a despicable act which has disgusted the majority of people in the Creggan area. These kind of so-called punishment shootings have no place in our city and must be stopped.

“People here do not want this violence, intimidation and fear being imposed on our community. I strongly appeal for anyone with information about this incident to pass it on to the police immediately.”

The 32CSM said they would not be commenting on the matter.