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things looking shaky in N. Ireland

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    from the bbc website :-

    Two men, aged 17 and 37, have been arrested in connection with the murder of a policeman in Northern Ireland.

    Dissident republican group, the Continuity IRA, said it shot Constable Stephen Paul Carroll at Lismore Manor, Craigavon, County Armagh on Monday.

    He was shot two days after the Real IRA murdered two soldiers in Antrim.

    Meanwhile, there have been minor disturbances in Craigavon and wheeled bins set on fire after police raided homes near the scene of the killing.

    Police said they were monitoring the situation and advised drivers to avoid the Ardowen area of Craigavon.

    Constable Carroll, 48, a married man, with children from Banbridge, County Down, died when police were attacked as they responded to a woman's call for help.

    Constable Carroll was shot through the rear window of his police car when he arrived at the scene at about 2145 GMT on Monday.

    Police said they were looking for a man in a light-coloured top who was seen running from the area after the shooting.

    At least two houses have been searched in the nearby Drumbeg estate.

    Scene of trouble
    There have been minor disturbances in the area

    At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Superintendent Alan Todd said the constable had given 23 years of service to the community, working with the police service.

    The Continuity IRA is one of a number of dissident republican paramilitary groups opposed to the peace process which have carried out bomb and gun attacks on civilians and the security forces.

    This is the first murder of a police officer in NI since 1998. Constable Frank O'Reilly was killed by a loyalist blast bomb during disturbances linked to the Drumcree dispute in 1998.

    The last police officers murdered by republicans, RUC constables Roland John Graham and David Andrew Johnston, were shot dead by the IRA in Lurgan, County Armagh in June 1997.

    Police chiefs from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are to meet on Thursday to assess the latest security threat posed by dissident republicans.

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