Northern Ireland

Group offer to mediate with RAAD

A representative from a Christian group has said they would be prepared to act as a mediator with a vigilante group in Londonderry.

Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) have issued threats to people in the city if they do not leave.

On Wednesday, RAAD shot two of four young men it had issued threats to. They also said they murdered a man in Buncrana in February.

Maranatha supports people who have been forced to leave Northern Ireland.

Linda Stalley from the group visited Derry on Friday.

"Our community is willing to walk alongside those who have been victims. If that then means we are in a position to mediate we are very happy to do that," she said.

"We don't presume anything.

"We don't come in as people who are going to solve other people's problems.

"That's not our way. We're not arrogant enough to think we can do that, but we do care."

Andrew Allen, originally from Derry, was killed in his Buncrana home on 9 February.

In a statement, RAAD said its Donegal unit shot Mr Allen whom they called a "death dealer" and "career criminal".

The father of two was the first man to be murdered by RAAD.

The two men shot on Wednesday at Gartan Square in the Bogside did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

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