[Sinn Fein]

14 January 1998

``Sinister Shooting'' - Maskey

Statement from Belfast Sinn Fein Councillor Alex Maskey calling on the British Security Minister Adam Ingram to immediately explain the circumstances surrounding the ``sinister shooting'' between undercover units of the British Army and the RUC.

Councillor Maskey said:

``I am calling on Adam Ingram to immediately explain the full facts surrounding this sinister shooting involving covert units of the British Army and the RUC in North Belfast this morning.

``This is an area where the nationalist community lives in fear particularly after the recent sectarian attacks and killings by loyalists. The incident is a further source of concern to nationalists already living on a knife edge. Many people will be extremely suspicious of such activities. A full and immediate detailed explanation as to the presence of undercover units, the nature of their activities and to the events which led to the shooting have to be made public.''

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