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Old 03-09-2012, 08:55 PM   #114
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Lightbulb Massereene

On 7 March 2009, two off-duty British soldiers of 38 Engineer Regiment were shot dead outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim town, Northern Ireland. Two other soldiers and two civilian delivery men were also shot and wounded during the attack. An Irish republican paramilitary group, the Real IRA, claimed responsibility...The Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for this shooting and stated that "As long as there is British involvement in Ireland, these attacks will continue".
At about 21:40 that evening, four off-duty British soldiers of the Royal Engineers walked outside the barracks to receive a pizza delivery from two delivery men. As the exchange was taking place, two gunmen in a nearby car (a green Vauxhall Cavalier) opened fire with Romanian AKM automatic rifles...The killings were condemned by all mainstream political parties in Northern Ireland, the Irish government, the United States government and Pope Benedict XVI. Initially, Sinn Féin was criticised for delaying its response and describing the killings as simply "wrong"...Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen said "A tiny group of evil people can not and will not undermine the will of the people of Ireland to live in peace together. Violence has been utterly rejected by the people of this island, both North and South"...
A few hours later, the car involved was found abandoned near Randalstown, eight miles from the barracks...Randalstown is a small town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, located between the towns of Antrim and Toome. It had a population of 4,956 people in the 2001 Census. It has a very prominent disused railway viaduct and lies beside Lough Neagh and the Shane's Castle estate. The town is bypassed by the M22 motorway with junctions at both the eastern and western ends of the town...Randalstown has a strong history of linen and iron industries...World of Owls, Northern Ireland's premier owl, bird of prey and exotic animal conservation centre is located next to Randalstown Forest...


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