Outrage at Foreglen shooting

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A priest in Foreglen has condemned the gun men behind yesterday morning’s attack on a house outside the village.

It is understood a family-of-four escaped injury in the early morning incident, in which police said two shots were fired at the house on Muldonagh Road at about 5 40am.

The shooting left a substantial hole in one of the front windows.

Fr. Arthur O’Reilly said the family was “badly shaken” and “in shock”.

“This was a terrible thing to have happened, for someone to discharge a lethal weapon at someone’s home.

“It’s an outrage and it has shocked the entire community,” Fr. O’Reilly told the ‘Journal’.

“This is the last thing you would expect in a quiet rural area and to have happened so early as well. It was so unexpected. It is just so awful.”

Fr. O’Reilly added: “The family are very strong but are in shock and badly shaken.

“It’s inexplicable that someone would do this. The family are very well known in the community. It is totally unacceptable for people to behave like this and it will not be tolerated.”

Sinn Fein councillor Cathal O’hOisin visited the family yesterday.

“I utterly condemn this attack on this man and his family.

“)There has been quite a bit of damage done to the house. This man is very well known in the area and people are shocked this has happened, especially in such a quiet rural area. This is not the sort of thing that happens in this community. It’s a worrying development.”