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Irish man abducted, tied up and brutally beaten by gang

Irish man abducted, tied up and brutally beaten by gang

A man has been abducted by a gang in Strabane, County Tyrone, before being tied up, viciously beaten and dumped.

The incident happened last night as the 22-year-old was walking in the Carlton Drive area of the town at around 11pm. 

A grey van pulled up beside him before he was pulled into the vehicle and tied up. 

A hood was placed over his head and his hands and feet were bound. 

He was driven out of the town in the van where a number of men carried out a vicious assault.

The gang then drove him back to the town before he was left on Bradley Way just before midnight. The victim sustained a major gash to his head and a suspected broken arm. His injuries are not life threatening, however a police spokesperson said the incident has had a major impact on the victim and his loved ones. 

The police also confirmed that they are investigating paramilitary involvement as a line of enquiry. 

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: "I am appealing for community help in identifying the perpetrators of this crime. There can be no justification for criminal groups carrying out such brutal attacks, attempting to control communities through fear and violence.

"Detectives investigating this incident can be contacted on 101 quoting reference number 1532 10/08/17.”

"If someone would prefer to provide information without leaving their name, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."