Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) has announced its amnesty for drug dealers will end at the start of June and that anyone continuing to sell drugs afterwards could be killed.
RAAD issued the sinister warning as they claimed responsibility for the shooting of a 24 year-old man in Cable Street in the Bogside area on Tuesday night.
The young man sustained a gunshot wound to the back of his leg after a group of masked men burst a bedroom in his Cable Street home and shot him.
The RAAD statement said; "Three volunteers entered and secured the house and one remained downstairs providing cover. A volunteer went upstairs and discovered the man hiding under his bed. The volunteer opened fire but the weapon jammed, forcing the second volunteer into action."
RAAD also said that the victim "should consider himself lucky" that the weapon's malfunction saved him from receiving the intended punishment.
The vigilante added that the man should "leave the country" or face "swift and severe punishment".
The armed group also said it has taken the decision to end its amnesty for drug dealers in just over six weeks' time.
"Following consultation with the wider community RAAD has decided to withdraw its blanket amnesty from June 1st. Individual cases may still be reviewed on their own merit in certain circumstances.
"RAAD has given ample opportunity to all death dealers to come forward and desist," the group said.
The vigilante group indicated it is prepared to kill anyone still selling drugs after the amnesty ends.
"Any anti-social gangs of individuals should now be under no illusion that the next knock on their door may be very well be their last," the statement said.
Published Date: 16 April 2010
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