Former NI Secretary Tom King on the IRA’s armed struggle during his time in Northern Ireland and how the SAS wiped out one of their top units.
A former Northern Ireland Secretary of State has said he believed Sinn Fein leaders were committed to ending the IRA’s armed campaign from the late 1980s, but were concerned they could be assassinated by fellow republicans.
In an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph ahead of the publication next week of his memoirs, Tom King recalled surviving two IRA attempts to wipe out the British cabinet.
He also insisted he had no advance knowledge of the 1987 Loughgall ambush in which the SAS shot dead eight members of the IRA’s East Tyrone Brigade.
King (87) said that he had heard reports that Gerry Adams had set up the men because some of them were hostile to the Sinn Fein president’s political strategy and had threatened to kill him, but he never saw anything to indicate that this was true.
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