The Daily Telegraph

New IRA claims it shot off-duty police officer


A message purportedl­y from the New IRA claiming responsibi­lity for the shooting of an off-duty police officer is being investigat­ed after it was found pinned to a wall in Londonderr­y.

Det Ch Insp John Caldwell was gunned down in front of his young son outside a Co Tyrone sports centre last week at the end of an evening coaching the youth football team. He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police believe two gunmen were responsibl­e. Six men, aged 22, 38, 43, 45, 47 and 71, are being questioned.

The typed message, found on Sunday, was signed “T O’neill” – a name previously used by the dissident terrorist group.

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