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23 April 1998 Edition

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Lurgan nationalists under RUC attack

By Laura Friel


A dawn raid by the RUC and British army just hours after the sectarian killing of Adrian Lamph in Portadown has angered nationalist residents of Lurgan's Kilwilkie estate.

At 6.45am on Wednesday, just 15 hours after the loyalist shooting of a Catholic worker, up to 30 RUC jeeps and two British army bomb squads sealed off the nationalist Kilwilkie estate and mounted a series of house raids. All entrances and exits to the estate were closed by the RUC preventing residents from going to work and children from attending school.

Sinn Fein Councillor John O'Dowd attacked this ``blatant attempt by the RUC and British army to harass ordinary nationalists''. O'Dowd asked, ``why only a day after DOE worker Adrian Lamph was shot dead in Portadown have the RUC chosen to raid Kilwilkie in such a heavy handed manner. They have shown themselves to be just another instrument in the onslaught against our community. Yesterday it was loyalists, today it's the RUC.''

Rifles and other equipment were siezed by the RUC during a raid on a house in lake Street.
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