Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the shooting of 44-year-old former loyalist prisoner John Boreland in the Wallasey Park area of north Belfast.
The arrests were made after searches in Tigers Bay in north Belfast and areas of north Down.
Loyalist sources have claimed the shooting on Wednesday night “is an escalation of the loyalist feud”.
PSNI district commander for north and west Belfast, Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw, said: “There is no justification for bringing violence of any sort on to the streets of north Belfast, or anywhere else for that matter. This type of incident adds nothing to communities, instead it can lead to fear, anxiety and tension.”
The loyalist source added: “A man from the mainstream UDA hit Bonzer. This was not a punishment shooting, it is over power, territory and money. The UDA in north Belfast is now split into three factions. This feud just keeps rolling on and on.”
In recent days two cars were set on fire on the Limestone Road and last week shots were fired at a house in the Westland estate. Earlier this month, a pipe bomb was thrown at a parked car in the nearby Duncairn Gardens sparking a security alert.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds condemned the shooting, saying: “Not only is property being destroyed but clearly there is the real potential for the loss of life.
“This incident is the latest in a series of attacks in North Belfast over recent weeks, including arson attacks, a pipe bomb attack and gun attacks.”
He appealed for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.