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Man shot to death in IRA power base in Belfast

Man shot to death in IRA power base in Belfast; 1st fatal shooting in Northern Ireland in year

Man shot to death in IRA power base in Belfast

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- Northern Ireland police say a man has been shot to death in a Belfast neighborhood that long has been a power base for the outlawed Irish Republican Army.

The victim's body lay Tuesday in the middle of a residential street, covered by a white sheet, in a Belfast district called the Markets. Rival IRA factions for decades have vied for control of that Irish Catholic neighborhood.

No group has claimed responsibility.

Most IRA members are observing a 1997 cease-fire in support of Northern Ireland's peace process. But splinter groups continue to mount bombings and shootings and feuds within their fractured ranks can turn deadly.

In Northern Ireland's last fatal shooting, a former Belfast commander of a faction called the Continuity IRA was killed in April 2014 in Catholic west Belfast.


Updated : 2021-09-23 21:13 GMT+08:00