Soldier shoots man after attack on Sinn Fein office
Belfast-born David McKittrick has been reporting on Northern Ireland since 1971, He has written for the East Antrim Times, the Irish Times and was The Independent's Irish correspondent for many years. He is the author of several books including Making Sense of the Troubles (2000) and Lost Lives (1999).
Tuesday 18 May 1993
DAVID McKITTRICK, Ireland correspondent
A MAN believed to be a loyalist gunman was shot and critically injured by a soldier in Belfast yesterday, writes David McKittrick.
The incident happened after an attack on a Sinn Fein office in the north of the city. A second member of the gang was arrested by the Royal Ulster Constabulary after a two-hour siege at a nearby house. The events followed an attack by Ulster Defence Association gunmen on a house used by Sinn Fein in the New Lodge area, one of the most violent areas in Northern Ireland.
A man with an assault rifle raked the front of the building with gunfire. Thirteen shots passed through what Sinn Fein had mistakenly believed to be bulletproof glass. A Sinn Fein worker in the room took refuge under a table and was unharmed.
The incident was apparently witnessed by a soldier in an observation post on top of nearby high-rise flats. He opened fire on the getaway car, hitting one man in the chest. The car's occupants made off on foot into Tiger's Bay, a Protestant district.
An injured man was arrested there a short time afterwards. Later police and troops surrounded a house, arresting one man. Another man was arrested after a siege and the use of tear gas.
Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein's president, said the attack was a loyalist attempt to intimidate the party in advance of tomorrow's local council elections. He declared: 'We will not be intimidated. We will not be forced off the streets. Our candidates and party workers, who have shown tremendous courage, will continue to fight this election.'
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