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Man Gunned Down in his Home in Northern Ireland

August 25, 1989

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) _ Protestant extremists shot and wounded a 28-year-old man in his home today, then chased him upstairs where his children were sleeping and finished him off, police said.

John Anthony Maginn was watching television with his wife in their living room when the gunmen shot him through a window, said a police spokesman.

He ran upstairs to escape, but the assailants broke in and pursued him, shooting him several more times, said the spokesman, who demanded anonymity. Maginn’s four children, who were sleeping upstairs, were uninjured.

The shooting occurred shortly before 1 a.m. in Rathfriland, 25 miles southwest of Belfast, said the spokesman. A car found on fire nearby was believed to have been used as an escape car.

The outlawed Ulster Freedom Fighters, a Protestant extremist group linked to the paramilitary Ulster Defense Association, claimed responsibility for the killing. The police spokesman said the group claimed in a statement that Maginn worked with the Irish Republican Army.

The mainly Roman Catholic Irish Republican Army is fighting to oust the British from the predominantly Protestant province and reunite it with the Republic of Ireland. The IRA is opposed by pro-British extremist groups.

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