Splinter groups distract police

The police in Londonderry have said that groups responsible for a spate of punishment attacks do not have the support of the community.

Jon BurrowsRepublican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) has been linked to 10 shootings and two pipe bomb attacks in the past year.

Inspector Jon Burrows said the groups distract police from doing their job.

“Groups like RAAD and INLA that carry out these attacks play into the hands of drug dealers and rapists as officers can’t be in two places at once.”

“People have a choice to make,” he added.

“Do we want police officers investigating the shootings or do they want us investigating burglaries?

“While actions like these continue we’re getting distracted away from the priorities of our work in the community.”

In the latest attack on Monday a 24-year-old man was shot in his knees and ankles after masked men forced their way into his home in Carrickreagh Gardens in Creggan.