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Gunmen may have been at mass with IRA victims

The Irish Republican Army gunmen who seriously wounded a Belfast magistrate and killed his daughter as they walked home from church may have attended mass with their victims, police said Monday.

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The outlawed Irish Republican Army said in a statement they carried out the attack. It suggested Mary Travers was killed by a bullet meant for her father. Although Judge Travers was a Roman Catholic, he was an IRA target because his duties as a magistrate in Belfast involved remanding large numbers of prisoners to await trial on terrorism charges.

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