Teen's sectarian attackers wore band uniforms and UVF T-shirts - claim By Staff reporter A teenager injured in a sectarian attack in the (Derry) city centre at the weekend claims his attackers wore loyalist band uniforms and UVF regalia. The 18 year-old, who asked to remain anonymous, said he and two of his friends were set upon by the gang at John Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. He said they were punched and kicked by the gang who also shouted sectarian abuse at them. âAs we walked alongside John Street, we saw a large group of men standing outside a takeaway and they seemed to be arguing amongst themselves. Some of them were wearing loyalist band uniforms and T-shirts with the UVF slogan, âSimply the Bestâ, printed on them. As I was standing in the takeaway, someone punched me on the back of the head. The crowd then started attacking my friends. At one stage there were two or three of them hitting me,â he said. The teenager said he had to jump over the counter of the takeaway to escape his attackers. âThere was a load of them and we couldnât get out so we jumped over the counter to get away and managed to call the police. When they arrived they escorted us from the takeaway and put us in a landrover and we were able to identify the people who attacked us as they walked over the bridge towards the Waterside,â he said. The teenagers revealed that he and his friends later saw a number of the gang while they were being treated for their injuries at Altnagelvin Hospital. âWe had cuts and bruises from the attack and we were taken to the hospital but, while we were waiting, some of the people who attacked us came in as well. We told the police and the doctors and they moved us into a different room. The police said they had started fighting amongst themselves,â he said. The injured teenager added: âIt was very scary. I didnât know what was going to happen. My uncle was badly beaten in an attack in the city centre last year and he was left with brain damage and I was worried that was going to happen to me, too,â he said. The incident was condemned by Sinn FÃ©in councillor Maeve McLaughlin who said it was âdisgracefulâ that young people should be subjected to sectarian attacks in the city centre. âSectarian attacks no matter where they emanate from must not be tolerated,â she said.