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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 12:16 GMT
Probe into fatal border shooting
Gardaí cordoned off the area where the body was found
Gardaí cordoned off the area where the body was found
Police are trying to identify a man found shot dead in County Donegal.

The man's body was found near a church in the village of Doneyloop in Castlefin, close to the border with Strabane, at about 1930 GMT on Tuesday.

He was thought to have been in his late 20s and from the Strabane area. The Republic's State Pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy, is examining his body.

One woman said she heard two shots at the time of the attack. It is thought the man was shot in a graveyard.

Local people attending a youth club event found the man lying on the road, beside the parochial house.

A number of local people, including a nurse, tried to resuscitate the man but he died a short time later.

Parish Priest Father Brian McGoldrick arrived at the scene and prayed over the body.

"I am simply appalled by it," he said.

"It is just a sad reflection on things that are happening in Ireland at the moment.

"Why they should have singled out Donnyloop, I don't know.

"It is just an appalling crime and there is nothing you can do but condemn it in the strongest terms."

Police appeal

Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn appealed to families from both sides of the border who were concerned about a missing relative to contact them or the PSNI.

Gardaí believe those responsible for the shooting escaped in a silver car.

A silver Rover car was later found burnt out at Coshquinn outside Londonderry.

BBC Radio Foyle reporter Enda McClafferty said people in the area were shocked.

"People are also very angry that this should happen so close to their church. They say nothing like this has ever happened there before."

The area remains cordoned off as a forensic examination of the scene is carried out.

The man's body is due to be taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post-mortem examination later.

Man shot dead in County Donegal
12 Feb 08 |  Northern Ireland

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