25/07/2003

'IRA attacked me' claims dissident republican

A 32-year-old man has claimed he was attacked by the IRA last night because of his political views.

The man, who suffered a gun-shot wound to the right leg, said he was shot because he was a dissident republican.

The man also claimed he had a gun held to his head during the incident but was able to knock it from the hand of his attacker.

He is believed to have been approached from behind by several masked as he walked home from work on the Oldpark Road on Thursday evening.

He was treated in hospital shortly after the incident.

Elsewhere, police in Co Down has uncovered a gun and several rounds of ammunition.

The discovery was made following a tip-off to police during a search the Hunters Hill area of Guilford.

(MB)

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