Secret Army Units Stirred Up N. Ireland Violence: Adams

British PM visits site of shooting, calls for 'hunting down' of gunmen
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 9, 2009 1:06 PM CDT
Brigadier George Norton pays his respects outside Massereene British Army Base today in Antrim, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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(Newser) – Sinn Fein head Gerry Adams says Northern Ireland’s chief constable “made a huge mistake bringing in undercover British Army units” to Northern Ireland after two UK soldiers were killed at a barracks Saturday, the Daily Telegraph reports. “You don't understand the history if you don't appreciate that the involvement of these units in the past—totally unaccountable—has led to the same type of suffering,” he said.

Speaking to the BBC, Adams called the attacks “wrong” and “an attack on the peace process” but avoided an outright condemnation, the Telegraph notes. Meanwhile, British PM Gordon Brown visited the site of the shootings and said the gunmen “have got to be hunted down and brought to justice as quickly as possible,” noting that “what the people of Northern Ireland are building together, no one, no murderer, no terrorist should be allowed to destroy," the AP reports.