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Two British Soldiers Murdered

Two British soldiers were killed execution-style and four others wounded in Northern Ireland on Saturday night reported CNN.

Police said Sunday the attack was "an attempt at mass murder", while Prime Minister Gordon Brown condemned the attacks as "evil and cowardly", and that "the whole country is shocked and outraged."

A Dublin-based newspaper received a call supposedly from the Real IRA, claiming responsibility for the attack at Massereene army base, reported the BBC.

The soldiers were shot as pizzas were delivered to their base to the base, Detective Chief Superintendent Derek Williamson of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said Sunday, reported CNN.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were also wounded with serious injuries, a police spokeswoman said.

Williamson said the two gunmen had automatic rifles and fired an initial volley of shots, then after moving forward, proceeded to fire a second round at people lying on the ground before fleeing in a car driven by a third person.

The dead soldiers were both in their early 20s and were scheduled to leave for Afghanistan in a few days, according to the BBC.

The soldiers are the first British troops to be killed in Northern Ireland in 12 years, since Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick was killed by an IRA sniper in 1997.

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/03/08/northern.ireland.shooting.british/index.html
BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7930995.stm