Peace Saboteurs Accused as Retired RUC Man Is Shot Dead
Byline: ANDREW SPARROW
A FORMER RUC officer was shot dead in front of his wife in an ambush in Ulster last night.
Cyril Stewart, 52, a reserve constable who retired last year on medical grounds, was gunned down at pointblank range in a Safeway supermarket car park in Armagh by two masked men.
No organisation admitted responsibility.
Armagh Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Speers, a friend of Mr Stewart, said: 'This was savagery. The Government has got to stop pandering to terrorists.' Newry and Armagh MP Sea-mus Mallon said it was an appalling act carried out by people who were determined to make sure there would be no peace settlement. The SDLP deputy leader added: 'They are imposing their will on an entire community but they cannot be allowed to succeed. The vast majority of people must recognise the threat to peace and to the will within the community for an agreed political settlement.' Ulster Secretary Mo Mowlam was earlier accused of plotting to 'brainwash' people in Northern Ireland into accepting the Government's plans for the future of the province.
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