Men shot in Derry

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Two men have been shot in Derry.

Police say the men were shot a number of times shortly after 11pm last night ( Wednesday) at Gartan Square in the Bogside area of the city.

The victims are being treated in hospital but it is understood their injuries are not beleived to be life threatening.

Only hours earlier a group of mothers took to the street of Creggan to protest at death threats being issued against their sons by Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD).

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has condemned last night’s shooting.

He said: “I utterly condemn these shootings, committed by people steeped in the mindset and means of past violence.

“Such attacks achieve nothing but grief and injury for victims and shock and disgust across the community.

“The SDLP has repeatedly highlighted the sinister agenda and twisted logic of these so-called dissident groups who are intent on plunging us back to the ugliness and helplessness of the past.

“I would again appeal to anyone with information about these attacks to give it to the PSNI as soon as possible so that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney has renewed a call for RAAD to disband.

“Following the murder of Andrew Allen I made an appeal a direct appeal to those within RAAD who mistakenly believe that they are acting in the best interest of the people of Derry or harbour any affinity to republicanism to take the only credible step open to them and walk away now.

“I renew that call today.

“There is a lot of anger and frustration in communities across the city about the actions of this self-appointed group.

“Let’s be very clear these shootings have absolutely nothing to do with drugs and those carrying them out are certainly not republicans, everything they do is anathema to republicans and besmirches a proud tradition. This is about flexing muscles following an altercation between young people and individuals identified as having connections to these vigilantes. It is about intimidating the youth in our communities.

“We now have the a situation where mothers are being asked to bring their sons to locations to be shot by appointment.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about last night’s shooting to contact them