March 29, 1998 |
An anti-British gang opposed to Northern Ireland's peace talks claimed responsibility Saturday for the shooting death of a retired policeman. It made no attempt to justify the killing. In a statement to the BBC in this city, the outlawed Irish National Liberation Army said it had killed Cyril Stewart, 52, who retired last year after suffering a heart attack. The INLA gave no explanation for Friday's shooting outside a supermarket in Armagh, 40 miles southwest of here.
March 5, 1998 |
Masked gunmen killed two friends--one a Roman Catholic, the other Protestant--and wounded three others at a pub in Poyntzpass, 25 miles south of Belfast, the capital. No one claimed responsibility, but politicians and the province's police commander blamed Protestant extremists out to undermine ongoing peace talks. Two men entered the Catholic-owned Railway Bar and opened fire, killing Damien Trainor, 25, and his Protestant friend, Philip Allen, 34.
January 1, 1998 |
One man was killed and five others were injured when suspected Protestant gunmen attacked a Northern Ireland bar packed with Roman Catholics celebrating New Year's Eve, police said today. The killing, the third in the British-ruled province in five days, fueled fears of a new cycle of sectarian slayings and dashed hopes of an early peace deal. "It has all the hallmarks of a sectarian shooting incident," a senior police detective said.
July 12, 1997 |
Gunmen wounded three British soldiers and two police officers at a checkpoint in north Belfast, police said, in an attack on the eve of Protestant marches throughout the province. Hospital official said none of the injuries was life-threatening. Residents of the Catholic enclave of Ardoyne said attackers fired about 20 shots and threw a grenade at the security forces before speeding away.
April 11, 1997 |
A police officer was seriously wounded by a gunman in Northern Ireland on Thursday, ending hopes that the Irish Republican Army would announce a cease-fire before British national elections May 1. The shooting in Londonderry sparked fears among analysts that it might reignite full-scale sectarian warfare between Catholic republicans and Protestant loyalists in the angrily divided British province.
February 28, 1993 |
The Irish Republican Army shot a 66-year-old woman at her home Friday night, then apologized, saying it had meant to kill a police officer. Police said one or more gunmen fired several shots through a window in Armagh, striking the woman in the chest and leg. The victim, who was not identified, was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday.