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Tuesday, April 21, 1998 Published at 20:22 GMT 21:22 UK


Man dies after Armagh shooting

A man has been shot and killed in the town of Portadown in Northern ireland.

He was shot several times in the head at the council depot where he worked, on the outskirts of Portadown, in County Armagh. The dead man is said to be a Roman Catholic in his thirties.

The gunman, who escaped on a bicycle, carried out the shooting in what is described as a predominantly Protestant area. Although his victim was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital, he died after undergoing surgery.

No-one has claimed responsibility for this attack but it is thought that the Loyalist LVF may be involved.

The Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam described it as a cowardly act which would be utterly repugnant to everyone.

The Mayor of Craigavon Ulster Unionist Kenneth Twyble condemned the shooting as "outrageous". He said those who carried it out "had nothing to offer the people of Northern Ireland or the future of Northern Ireland".

The Royal Ulster Constabulary said they did not know what was behind the shooting, off Duke Street in the Fairgreen area of the town, and were investigating.

The man who died is reported to be the youngest of five brothers who lived with his girlfriend and two-year-old son and had worked at the council depot for six months.

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