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Well known loyalist shot dead in north Belfast

The man was shot dead on Sunday night. Credit: PA Wire

A prominent loyalist has been shot dead in Belfast.

John Boreland, a member of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), was gunned down in Sunningdale Gardens in the unionist Ballysillan area of north Belfast at around 9.50pm on Sunday.

Boreland, who was in his mid-forties, survived a previous murder bid two years ago after being shot in the thigh by rival loyalists.

The killing has prompted fears of an escalation of violence between loyalist factions.

Police at the scene in Sunningdale Gardens, north Belfast. Credit: PA Wire

Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster condemned the killing.

"Shocked and disgusted to hear of a murder in nth Belfast tonight," she tweeted.

"I urge everyone to work with the police as they investigate."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness branded the shooting "shameless".

Ross Hussey, Ulster Unionist member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, said: "I am very saddened to hear of a fatal shooting in north Belfast.

"Murder is murder and cannot be justified - it must be condemned.

"I would urge anyone with information to contact the police so that those responsible can be brought to justice."

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.