Soldier Driving School Bus Is Shot to DeathAP , Associated Press
Feb. 22, 1989 7:06 PM ET
LONDONDERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (AP) _ A British soldier was shot and killed Wednesday while driving a school bus to pick up army children from an elementary school in Londonderry, police said. The IRA claimed responsibility.
Police later arrested three men in connection with the shooting. A spokesman for the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the province's police force, said the men were taken to Castlereagh holding center in Belfast for questioning.
The Irish Republican Army has targeted British soldiers in its fight to end British rule in Northern Ireland and unite the Protestant-dominated province with the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Republic of Ireland.
It claimed responsibility for the shooting in a statement circulated to news media in Belfast.
Lance Cpl. Norman Duncan was hit by a hail of bullets while driving through Londonderry's predominantly Protestant Waterside district. Duncan, 27, a father of three, was a member of the Royal Corps of Transport.
A member of Parliament said in London that the IRA is receiving semiautomatic rifles, or self-loading, through American arms dealers.
''I have received information which suggests that self-loading rifles ... have been reaching the IRA via arms dealers in the United States,'' said Barry Sheerman of the opposition Labor Party. He did not elaborate.
Britain banned semiautomatic rifles after a man armed with one killed 16 people and then himself in Hungerford in August 1987.