June 17, 1997 |
Irish Republican Army assassins shot two police officers walking their beat in a quiet market town in Northern Ireland on Monday, killing them instantly--and with them lingering hopes for an early peace in a bleeding province. "The whole street was in tears," said Brid Rodgers, an official of a moderate Roman Catholic party in Lurgan, a small town near Belfast, where the officers were shot in the head as they patrolled sunny Church Walk near their headquarters.
May 2, 1992 |
A soldier was killed and two were injured Friday in a bomb blast at a security checkpoint on the border with Ireland, police said.
July 25, 1990 |
A 1,000-pound bomb detonated by terrorists hiding near a rural road in this border city exploded Tuesday, killing a Roman Catholic nun and three police officers, authorities said. An anonymous caller claimed responsibility for the attack on behalf of the Irish Republican Army in a telephone call late Tuesday to a news organization in Belfast. The caller said the IRA had killed the four people in a "military action" and expressed no regret over the nun's death.
July 1, 1990 |
A gunman opened fire on police on a busy downtown shopping street Saturday, killing two officers. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack. As shoppers watched, the gunman shot the officers and then fled through the grounds of nearby St. Mary's Catholic Church. The officers had been on duty only yards from a security gate at the junction of Castle Street and Queen Street, one of the busiest shopping areas in Belfast. Witnesses said they heard five shots.
October 9, 1989
A car bomb planted by Irish Republican Army guerrillas exploded and killed a senior Northern Ireland policeman as he and his wife set out for church. Supt. Alwyn Harris, 51, died instantly when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car, police said. His wife was in shock but unhurt after the incident in Lisburn, headquarters of the British army in Northern Ireland. The outlawed IRA claimed responsibility for killing Harris in a statement to Belfast media.