NORTHERN IRELAND: Shifting Targets

Police are under new fire

Late one evening last week, Ulster Police Constable Ernest Johnston, 34, arrived home from his dangerous job patrolling the border with the Irish Republic. As he approached the garage of his isolated bungalow in County Fermanagh, two gunmen from the Irish Republican Army's Provisional wing opened fire at close range in the darkness. Johnston fell, mortally wounded, and the gunmen fled, presumably across the border only a few hundred yards away.

Earlier in the month, the I.R.A. claimed responsibility for two similar slayings in the border area. Wallace...

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