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Four Wounded after N. Irish Guerrilla Murder

BELFAST (Reuters) - Four people were shot and wounded in a suspected guerrilla attack in Northern Ireland on Saturday night, hours after a leading Protestant guerrilla was killed inside the province's top security prison. People in the area said at least

one gunman opened fire from a car outside a Roman Catholic-owned hotel in the town of Dungannon where several hundred people were attending a disco. A spokesman for the South Tyrone Hospital told Reuters that two of the victims, one aged 39 and one aged 44, were in a "critical condition with life-threatening injuries." The others, a boy aged 14 and a man aged 47, were said to be serious but stable condition. According to media reports, the victims included doormen at the Glengannon Hotel. Ken Maginnis, the Protestant member of parliament for the district in Northern Ireland's rural heartland, condemned the attack. Gangs of pro-British Loyalists earlier hurled petrol bombs at police in a Protestant section of the town, venting their anger at the murder of Billy Wright, leader of the outlawed Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF). Wright, known as 'King Rat', was killed by members of the Irish National Liberation Army, inside the Maze prison south of Belfast. They smuggled in guns and opened fire on Wright after clambering onto the jail roof while he was being escorted to a visiting area. The Maze holds around 700 guerrillas from both Catholic- supported militias that fought to end British rule and Protestants groups that fought back to defend British sovereignty. The murder of Wright, an icon to pro-British Protestant hard-liners, brought a warning from the LVF of reprisals. The LVF, which says Northern Ireland must remain British, has been blamed for killing at least Catholics in the recent past and for a bomb found in Dundalk in the Irish republic on May 26. Wright, for several years a member the outlawed Ulster Volunteer Force, was a feared figure among Catholics who were targeted by the UVF and other Protestant groups. Mo Mowlam, Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary, conceded that his murder in the Maze, Europe's largest guerrilla jail, had been a "very serious lapse in security" but spurned Protestant calls for her resignation. She said the talks underway in the wake of the ceasefires by the main Protestant and Catholic militias held the key to resolving the province's deep-rooted sectarian problems. "I would say to everybody to show calm and commonsense," she said.

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