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Protestant Man Killed in N. Ireland

October 30, 2001

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A Protestant man was killed in an execution-style shooting outside the home of his Catholic girlfriend, police said Tuesday.

The shooting occurred late Monday in the mainly Catholic town of Strabane, west of Belfast near the border with the Irish Republic.

Police said the 30-year-old man, who was not identified, was approached by two men as he emerged from his girlfriend’s house and got into a car. Several shots were fired, and the man was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

The Royal Ulster Constabulary’s district commander for Strabane, Clifford Best, said he suspected a paramilitary group had carried out the slaying. He told the British Broadcasting Corp.’s Radio Ulster that Irish Republican Army dissidents were the most likely suspects.

Splinter groups opposed to the IRA’s cease-fire and decision to disarm continue to wage a campaign of bombings and shootings against Protestant and British targets.

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