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'scumbags' Gang who killed Lyra McKee gave order for innocent man to be shot in bed in Derry

Around midnight on Monday, April 4, three masked men burst into the family home of Bernie McFadden - a veteran republican activist who lives with her son at Kildrum Gardens in Creggan.

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The terror group who shot journalist Lyra McKee gave the go-ahead for the gun attack on an innocent man in Derry, the Sunday World can reveal.

The New IRA in the city gave the green light to the INLA to carry out the horror attack on a man who was shot in the legs in his bed.

It is being seen in the city as further evidence of increased paramilitary activity in nationalist areas, as both organisations continue to assert control.

Around midnight on Monday, April 4, three masked men burst into the family home of Bernie McFadden - a veteran republican activist who lives with her son at Kildrum Gardens in Creggan.

And as one of the intruders gripped Bernie by the throat, another - armed with a handgun - entered a bedroom where her son Eoin Bradley was sleeping, before shooting him once in each leg.

The savage attack on Eoin, who is in his 30s, was a case of mistaken identity.

Local sources who spoke to the Sunday World say the gun gang responsible were after another man and they further claim the shooting was sanctioned by the New IRA.

The savage attack - which has united the Creggan community in anger - happened shortly after midnight.

After receiving emergency aid at the scene, the injured man was taken to hospital.

One of Bernie McFadden's other sons took to Facebook to slam those behind the attack, branding branded those responsible "gangsters".

Using the hashtag 'Not In My Name', Declan Bradley - a "proud republican" who has been pictured with Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O'Neill - wrote: "First of all, to the scumbags who entered my Ma's house (a woman who has been a Republican all her life) and grabbed her by the throat, before going on to shoot the wee brother in both legs for no reason and is now in hospital receiving treatment, I hope your days are numbered.

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Declan Bradley, a brother of a man shot in following a bungled 'mistaken identity' shooting in Derry, pictured with Michelle O'Neill

Declan Bradley, a brother of a man shot in following a bungled 'mistaken identity' shooting in Derry, pictured with Michelle O'Neill

Declan Bradley, a brother of a man shot in following a bungled 'mistaken identity' shooting in Derry, pictured with Michelle O'Neill

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"Secondly, anyone who knows the wee brother, knows he wouldn't hurt a fly or be involved in any sorts.

"You lot are nothing but a bunch of gangsters and probably couldn't even spell Republican.

"You offer no one in Creggan or this town anything. So why don't you all do everyone a favour. Just pack up and f***-off once and for all," he posted.

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Declan Bradley posted a message on his Facebook page after the shooting

Declan Bradley posted a message on his Facebook page after the shooting

Declan Bradley posted a message on his Facebook page after the shooting

He added: "Finally, I wish the wee brother a speedy recovery and get well soon."

When contacted by the Sunday World this week, Declan declined to add to what he'd already said about the attack.

But Sunday World inquiries in Creggan soon revealed the INLA was responsible for the early morning shooting.

And we also learned that under a long-established protocol, the republican terror group behind it was given the go-ahead by the so-called New IRA.

A veteran republican source in the area told us: "There's absolutely no doubt the INLA would have had to have this passed by the New IRA before carrying it out." He added: "It's all about money these days."

As the Sunday World revealed two weeks ago that leadership of the INLA in Derry is based in a caravan park across the border in Co Donegal.

And from there, the republican terror group identifies drugs dealers who are then 'taxed' in return for being allowed to sell their wares in republican areas of the city.

This latest incident makes a further mockery of the claim that the INLA decommissioned its weapons several years ago.

Derry INLA leaders have recently been seen driving around the city in top-of-the-range vehicles before returning to their base across the border.

The gun attack was widely condemned by police and politicians.

A detective sergeant for the PSNI said: "We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area and who witnessed the incident of may have CCTV or dash cam footage to contact detectives on 101 quoting ref. Number 6 of 05/04/22."

hjordan.media@btinternet.com

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