Forty eight men have been shot in the Northwest in past number of years

Forty eight men have been shot in parlimilitary style attacks in the Northwest in the past number of years.

That's according to figures released by the Ambulance service and Altnagelvin hospital.

Five men were shot and wounded in Strabane since 2010, while another three were shot in Donegal including Derry man Andrew Allen who was murdered in Buncrana in February.

Republican Action Against Drugs claimed repsonsibility for Mr Allens murder.

Altogether forty people have been shot and wounded in the Derry area since 2008.

Three were shot in 2008. This dramatically increased in 2009 when seventeen were shot. In 2010 seven people were shot, while in 2011 eight people were shot. Five people have been shot in the Derry area so far this year.

The number of shootings is significantly lower than estimates quoted in The Guardian newspaper which suggested that 85 men had been shot and wounded in Derry in the past three years.