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Pictured: Sinn Fein slam 'disgraceful attack' on IRA memorial on anniversary of deaths

Sinn Fein have expressed their anger at an attack on a memorial to three IRA volunteers killed by the SAS on this day in 1988.

Brothers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin were shot dead by the SAS near Drumnakilly, Co Tyrone, on August 30, 1988.

The incident took place 10 days after the IRA carried out the Ballygawley bus massacre, which claimed the lives of eight soldiers.

The memorial has now been repaired by local republicans

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer slammed the attack on the memorial to the three men.

“The families of these three men have already suffered immense hurt and loss," the West Tyrone MLA said.

“Those responsible struck in the dead of night and defaced the memorial with paint."

A commemoration of the deaths was held at the memorial on Thursday night.

“I wholeheartedly condemn this cowardly and disgraceful attack which serves absolutely no purpose other than to add to the grief of the families," Mr McAleer said.

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