Relatives of four IRA men shot dead in Co Tyrone 20 years ago will today ask the Government to apologise for what they believe was a shoot-to-kill operation by security forces. The families were set to attend a press conference in Belfast this morning — launching a new report into the deaths of the four men. The men were killed when members of a specialist undercover military unit opened fire on them in a church car park in Clonoe in February, 1992. Their deaths followed an IRA attack on an RUC base in nearby Coalisland. They were killed as they dumped a lorry used in the machine-gun attack on the station.
Surreal, eh? They attack an RUC Station with machine guns, with the intention of killing as many officers as possible, then are lawfully killed as a direct consequence. Shoot to kill is the ONLY appropriate strategy when dealing with such vicious criminals – so well done to the Security Forces and no apology required. The pity is that more IRA,UVF and UDA terrorists did not meet their end in the same way.