LONDON, May 29 (AP) Seven men appeared in court on Monday charged with attempted murder in connection with the February attack on a senior Northern Ireland police officer at his son’s soccer practice. was shot dead.
The suspects, aged between 28 and 72, appeared via video link at Dungannon Magistrates Court, about 72 kilometers west of Belfast. They were ordered to remain in detention.
Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell was injured after gunmen opened fire on him at a stadium in Omagh as he put footballs in the boot of his car after coaching an under-15 team. seriously injured.
A dissident splinter group of the IRA claimed responsibility for the Feb. 22 attack on Caldwell, who led investigations into the killings, organized crime and paramilitary groups.
The shooting came less than two months before the 25th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement that largely ended sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. While the main Catholic and Protestant paramilitary groups renounced violence and laid down their arms, sporadic attacks on security forces continued by IRA splinter groups.
Politicians from across Ireland’s political divide, including the Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin – which is allied with the IRA during decades of Catholic-Protestant violence – condemned the attack on Caldwell.
Caldwell, who was hospitalized for weeks after the shooting, made a public appearance last week at a garden party during King Charles III’s visit to Northern Ireland.
Police in Northern Ireland said on Saturday that seven men had been charged with attempted murder in connection with the attack on Caldwell. Two of the suspects were also charged with joining a banned organization known as the Irish Republican Army, while three others were charged with preparing a terrorist act.
Omagh, about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) west of Belfast, was the site of the deadliest attack during Northern Ireland’s “Trouble”, a car bombing in August 1998 that killed 29 people die. A dissident Republican group called the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the attack. (Associated Press)
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