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Gunmen kill policeman near Belfast

Gunmen kill policeman near Belfast

Suspected dissident republican gunmen killed a policeman in Northern Ireland late on Monday, the third killing in recent days, raising fears of a return of sectarian violence in the British province.
Senior politicians blamed the dissident militant republicans, who are opposed to the peace process, but there was no claim of responsibility. Police warned this month the threat of violence from republican splinter groups, which want to break from London, was high.
The officer was shot dead when he was out on patrol in Craigavon, 40km southwest of the province's capital Belfast, and was investigating suspicious behavior on a housing estate, police said.
"Sadly one of those officers paid the ultimate price when cowards and criminals gunned him down," said Northern Ireland's police chief Hugh Orde.
"Children today do not remember the horrors of the past. Let us not repeat that pointless loss of life with them."
On Saturday, two British soldiers were shot dead in an attack claimed by a Republican splinter group, the real IRA whose name is styled on the Irish Republican Army (IRA).


Updated : 2021-05-15 14:33 GMT+08:00