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IRA CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR KILLING 2 POLICE OFFICERS

SHARE IRA CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR KILLING 2 POLICE OFFICERS

A gunman opened fire on policemen on a busy downtown shopping street Saturday, killing two officers, police said. The Irish Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack.

As shoppers watched, the gunman shot the officers just before midday and then ran off through the grounds of nearby St. Mary's Catholic Church.The policemen 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.