Northern Ireland

Londonderry teenagers 'terrified' by gun attack on home

A woman has described how her teenage grandchildren were confronted by armed and masked men who opened fire outside their Londonderry home.

The attack happened at about 2230 BST on Tuesday night when the two gunmen went to a house in Cornshell Fields looking for a man.

The man's teenage son and daughter said he was not at home and the men fired shots at a car and horse-trailer.

Moya Healey said her grandchildren had been left terrified by the ordeal.

She said the gunmen entered her son's house through the back door.

No-one was injured in the attack but Ms Healey said the pair had "scared the living daylights" out of her grandchildren.

Sinn Fein's Raymond McCartney condemned the attack during which he said children had been traumatised and shots had been fired "indiscriminately" in the street.

The MLA said: "This seems to be a pattern - at the weekend we had a similar incident in Creggan.

"They know the people in the city have absolutely no time for what they are doing.

"I think what they are doing with these type of headline-grabbing incidents is trying to make themselves relevant, when in actual fact they are not," he added.