Police officer shot dead in Northern Ireland

March 10th, 2009 - 11:30 am ICT by IANS  

London, March 10 (DPA) Two days after the fatal shooting of two British soldiers outside a barracks, a police officer was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Northern Ireland late Monday, authorities said.
There was no immediate indication of terrorism in Monday’s shooting at a high school in Craigavon in County Armagh.

The slain officer, who was responding to a report of suspicious activity at the school, died after the shooting, the police said.

An IRA splinter group, which calls itself the Real IRA, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s shooting, which was the first lethal attack on British troops in Northern Ireland since 1997.

Four people were also wounded in that incident.

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