US condemns attack on British soldiers in Northern Ireland

March 9th, 2009 - 10:36 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 9 (Xinhua) The US Sunday condemned the attack on an army base in Northern Ireland that killed two British soldiers.
“The United States condemns the attack in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, last night that resulted in two deaths and injuries two others,” said a statement released by acting US State Department spokesman Robert Wood.

Wood said, “The US called on “all parties in Northern Ireland to unequivocally reject such senseless acts of violence, whose intention is to destroy the peace that so many in Northern Ireland have worked so hard to achieve.”

According to media reports, the Real IRA, a dissident group of the Iris Republican

Army, has claimed responsibility for the attack outside a British military barracks in County Antrim, northwest of Belfast, leaving at least two killed and four others wounded.

It was the first deadly attack on British troops in Northern Ireland since February 1997.

The Real IRA was also responsible for the massive Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland in 1998 which killed 29 people.

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