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Two British Soldiers Murdered In Northern Ireland

The dissident republican group Real IRA claimed responsibility Sunday for the execution-style killing of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland Saturday night, Reuters reports.

The attack, which was one of the worst since the 1998, happened at the British military base in Massereene, in County Antrim. The soldiers were shot as pizzas were delivered to their base, Detective Chief Superintendent Derek Williamson told CNN Sunday. Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were also wounded, their injuries are considered serious.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called the attack “evil and cowardly,” saying that “the whole country is shocked and outraged.”

Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, the former political faction of the IRA, condemned the killings as “wrong and counterproductive.”

"Last night's attack was an attack on the peace process," he told CNN. "Those responsible have no support, no strategy to achieve a united Ireland. Their intention is to bring British soldiers back on to the streets. They want to destroy the progress of recent times and to plunge Ireland back into conflict.”

The soldiers, both described as in their early 20s, were scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan soon, they were the first British soldiers to be killed on Irish soil in over 12 years.