World IN BRIEF : NORTHERN IRELAND : British Soldiers Kill 3 Masked Robbers

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

British undercover soldiers shot dead three young masked robbers in Northern Ireland, sparking an angry controversy. The Irish Republic government in Dublin ordered its own probe of the killings. Gerry Adams, president of the Irish Republican Army's political wing, said the three were not members of the IRA, the guerrilla group battling to oust Britain from Northern Ireland. Adams called the shootings "the cold-blooded and savage murder of three young men."

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