CIRA claims shooting attacks

The Continuity IRA has said it carried out two gun attacks on the PSNI in Armagh city on July 12.

A handwritten statement from the Armagh city command said the Continuity IRA had launched the attacks to protect nationalists in the Drumarg and Mullacreevie estates after the PSNI had moved in to confront rioters.

“An active service unit of the Continuity IRA monitored the situation from noon that day,” the statement said.

“PSNI personnel increased in numbers and moved in on a number of rioters, forcing the Continuity ASU [active service unit] to open fire and engage, which they did with an AK47 on two Land Rovers on Armagh’s ring road. The PSNI immediately left the scene.”

The statement alleged that British forces had endangered civilian lives by ignoring a number of bomb warnings in recent months.

“If the British forces continue with this practice, it is inevitable that lives will be lost,” the statement said.

Republican sources have said the Continuity IRA in Armagh city is one of the organisation’s stronger units.

The PSNI has denied there had been any shooting incidents in Armagh on the day.

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