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Woman and four children escape injury in a Co. Armagh gun attack

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A woman and four children have escaped injury following a gun attack in south Armagh.

Shots were fired at a car in Jonesborough around 11.30pm on Monday night, according to police.

It was reported that a dark-coloured Audi A4 vehicle had arrived in the Castle View area.

One man exited the vehicle with his hood over his face and fired a number of shots at a black coloured Nissan X-Trail parked outside a house in the area.

It was also reported that a woman in her 50s and four children were inside the property but were not injured. Damage was caused to the car following the incident, as the dark coloured Audi A4 made off from the scene.

The suspect vehicle was later recovered in the area of Thistle Court by An Garda Siochana, having been set alight and completely destroyed.

Detective Inspector Handley added: “Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances, in what was an extremely distressing incident for those inside the house.

“Detectives would appeal to anyone who was in the Castle View area of Jonesborough and may have witnessed anything suspicious should contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 2310 03/08/20 or submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ . You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/ .”

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Larkin commented: “This was a particularly reckless attack on a home in Jonesborough.

“Thankfully no-one has been injured in this cowardly attack but we could have been looking at a real tragedy here.

“Local people are shocked and disgusted by this shooting. I condemn those responsible unreservedly and urge anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the police.”

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