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Brown visits scene of Northern Ireland killings


Gordon Brown has visited the army base in Northern Ireland where two British soldiers were shot dead by the Real IRA on Saturday.

Accompanied by the British Minister for Northern Ireland, Brown also met officials including former IRA leader and now Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Earlier, the British army’s commander in Northern Ireland insisted there would be no wholesale change in the way security is run. Brigadier George Norton said: “We remain confident in the work of the police service of Northern Ireland and the protection that they provide for us. We will continue to live in Northern Ireland as part of the community as we have done since 2007 and as we do in Great Britain.” Since 2007, when Sinn Fein, the political arm of the IRA, gave its support to the police in the province, army presence in the street has all but disappeared. However recent reports of increased dissident activity have led to the arrival of specialist intelligence personnel. Meanwhile, it has been announced that the dead soldiers were 23-year-old Mark Quinsey and 21-year-old Cengiz “Patrick” Azimka.

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