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Police investigate motive and possible link in paramilitary-style attacks

Detectives in Newry are investigating two separate shooting incidents overnight.

The first incident took place at around midnight at Sandys Street, when a man was reported to have called to the door of a house, and, following a verbal altercation, shot a 32-year-old man in the leg.

In the second incident, a 32-year-old man reported that he had been taken from a house at Ardfield Avenue in Warrenpoint sometime between midnight and 1am, by four masked men, put into a dark coloured car and driven to the Armagh Road in Newry, where he was then shot in the leg.

Both men are currently in hospital being treated for their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

The Armagh Road remains closed at this time as enquiries continue and diversions are in place at the Derrywilligan Road and Bessbrook Road.

Superintendent Simon Walls said: “Our investigation into these incidents is at a very early stage and we are working to identify a motive for the shootings and if they are linked. I would appeal for the public’s assistance to help us identify and to take those responsible for these attacks off the streets.

“I would ask anyone who was in the Ardfield Avenue area of Warrenpoint, the Sandys Street area of Newry or the Armagh Road in Newry last night and witnessed any suspicious activity to contact detectives in Newry on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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