Girl, 11, hurt in Ulster shooting

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An 11-year-old girl has been wounded in a gun attack on a house in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

An 11-year-old girl has been wounded in a gun attack on a house in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

The shooting happened at Jefferson Park in the town's Ballysally estate.

Police said the girl was taken to hospital and her condition was described as "comfortable".

It is understood she was hit in the back when the house was sprayed with automatic gunfire shortly before 11pm yesterday.

A number of other people were in the house at the time but escaped unhurt.

Police said they had ruled out sectarianism as a motive for the shooting.

There have been a number of terrorist attacks in Coleraine which have been linked to the feud between loyalist paramilitaries which have left three men dead in Belfast.

A number of houses in Coleraine have been attacked by gunfire.

RUC Chief Inspector Nigel Kyle, the area's sub-divisional commander, said: "This was another reckless attack and these sort of incidents should stop before someone is killed."

Police said troops were deployed in the town as part of a follow-up operation.

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