30/10/2017

Call For Threats In West Belfast To Be Lifted Immediately

A shot has been fired at a house in west Belfast in a "case of mistaken identity".

Sinn Fein MLA Paul Maskey confirmed a list is circulating in the area warning a number of people they would be targeted by dissidents.

He said the threats are "about extorting cash from criminals and drug dealers" and called for them to be "lifted immediately".

Mr Maskey said: "The organisations issuing them have a long history of extorting cash from drug dealers and other criminal elements in return for allowing them to continue inflicting misery on this community.
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"These people aren't interested in protecting communities, they're only interested in extorting cash.

"The reckless shooting in St James is yet another example of their callous disregard for the people of this area.

"I called with the victims of last night's attack and they are badly shaken up.

"All the indications are that this was a case of mistaken identity as the house they targeted was close to the home of one of the individuals named on the list.

"The groups carrying out this kind of activity are not republicans. They are extortionists and criminal gangs who should get off the backs of this community, once and for all."

(CD/LM)

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