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Man shot dead in Belfast in 'paramilitary-style' attack

Father-of-four Michael McGibbon was killed in an alley in the Ardoyne area of Belfast. Credit: UTV

A man has been shot dead in Belfast in what is believed to be a 'paramilitary-style' attack.

Father-of-four Michael McGibbon, 33, was shot several times in an alleyway on Friday night in the nationalist republican Ardoyne area.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said Mr McGibbon reported to them that two men had called at his house in the Crumlin Road on Thursday night and demanded he come out to meet them which he refused to do.

At this moment in time we are still making inquiries and it is very early in our investigation as to what exactly has been said and if any paramilitary organisation is involved.

I would say this has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary organisation and that is our main line of inquiry we are following at this stage.

– Detective Superintendent John McVea
The PSNI said two men called at the victim's house the night before he was killed. Credit: UTV

Mr McGibbon was shot three times in the leg in an alleyway at Butler Place shortly after 10pm on Friday, the PSNI said.

Police said his wife tried to save him before he was taken to the city's Royal Victoria Hospital where he later died after undergoing surgery.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said: "This callous and shocking murder appears to have the hallmarks of the paramilitary-style assaults which too often ruin lives and scar Northern Ireland. My sympathy is with Mr McGibbon's young family."