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Coagh ambush

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Location type: Event
Location address: United Kingdom, Cookstown
Number of texts: 1
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Made by | Reference Jimknowles | © CC 3.0
Made by | Reference | © CC 3.0

The Coagh Ambush took place on 3 June 1991, when a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit from the East Tyrone Brigade was ambushed by the Special Air Service (SAS) in the village of Coagh, County Tyrone. The three-man IRA team was on its way to assassinate a high-profile Officer of the Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR). Eight SAS members opened-fire on the IRA unit’s car, killing the three men and causing the car to burst into flames. There have been claims that two of the IRA members fled the blazing car, only to be shot and then put back inside by the SAS.

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