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BBC

UVF blamed for shooting

A 30-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after being shot as he sat in his car in Belfast.

Loyalists sources told the BBC on Thursday that they believed the UVF was behind the shooting.

Police said a gunman walked up to the vehicle in Moltke Street in the Donegall Road area and fired several shots into it, shortly before 2200 BST on Wednesday.

The man was hit several times and was taken to Belfast City Hospital where he has undergone emergency surgery. He is said to be seriously ill.

Another man who was a passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries.

The police cordoned off an area around a taxi office, close to where the shooting took place.

Following the shooting, police used powerful flashlights to check nearby alleyways and rubbish skips for any evidence linked to the shooting.

A motive for the attack is unknown.

Detectives are appealing for information about the incident.

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