March 10, 2009 1:06 PM Subscribe
posted by tiny crocodile (36 comments total)
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Martin McGuinness' description of those who carried out attacks on a PSNI member in Craigavon and British solidiers in Antrim: "These people - they are traitors to the island of Ireland. They have betrayed the political desires, hopes and aspirations of all of the people who live on this island. And they don't deserve to be supported by anyone."
, gunmen opened fire on British soldiers at an army base in Antrim just hours before they were due to fly to Afghanistan on a tour of duty. Two soldiers were killed, and four others were injured, including a Polish pizza delivery man. Last night
, Stephen Carroll (48), a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, was shot in an ambush in Craigavon, County Armagh. The Real IRA and Continuity IRA - both "dissident" Republican groups
, have taken responsibility for the attacks.
The attacks prompted both fears
that the attacks could destablise Northern Ireland's democratic government and revulsion
from all sides of the province's traditionally divided society.
The attacks have also prompted Sinn Fein, political wing of the IRA and now active participants in Northern Ireland's government, to back the police forces
in Northern Ireland in a manner which was unthinkable just a short time ago