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IRA Kills Trucker for Doing Business With Army, Police

September 17, 1993

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ The IRA has claimed responsibility for killing a Roman Catholic trucker, saying he supplied building materials to the police and army.

Sean Adrian McGovern, 34, was gunned down when he answered a knock at the door of his home near the village of Stoneyford, 7 miles west of Belfast, a police spokesman said.

Police said the gunmen approached the house in a hijacked truck after dark Wednesday and apparently presented themselves to McGovern as truckers. Then they shot him several times at close range and sped off in a stolen car, which was later found burned out in the outskirts of west Belfast.

The outlawed Irish Republican Army said in a statement to Belfast media Thursday that McGovern was killed because he delivered supplies to police and military barracks.

The IRA, waging a 23-year campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland, has frequently killed civilians with business links to the security forces. In January 1992 the paramilitary group blew up a work van after it left an army base, killing eight Protestant construction workers.

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