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Action promised against dissidents

March 11, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The Catholic and Protestant leaders of Northern Ireland's coalition government pledged to crush Irish Republican Army dissidents after the third killing in two days claimed by IRA splinter groups.

Police said they arrested a 37-year-old and a 17-year-old on suspicion of involvement in the slaying of a policeman who was shot through the back of the head as he sat in his patrol car.

A group calling itself Continuity IRA said it killed the officer. Another splinter group said it gunned down two British soldiers.

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