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Ronan Kerr's family criticise his killers for attacking an 'Irish patriot'

The PSNI officer had completed his training three months before republican dissidents killed him at his home in Omagh using a bomb planted beneath his car.

10 April 2011: Thousands of people at the peace walk in Omagh to mark the death of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.
10 April 2011: Thousands of people at the peace walk in Omagh to mark the death of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.
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THE MOTHER of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr has heavily criticised his killers for targeting him in an attack that was “specific for Ronan”, the BBC reports.

Speaking to the BBC for a Spotlight programme which airs tonight, Nuala Kerr said the people who killed him knew where he lived and that he was a police officer, adding: “Someone obviously had led them that direction”.

The 25-year-old was an ardent GAA player and had completed his PSNI training just three months before his death. He was killed outside his home in Omagh on 2 April when a device planted beneath his car exploded. Thousands of people attended his funeral and thousands more attended a special peace rally held in his memory.

Dissident republican group the Real IRA claimed responsibility for Kerr’s death and subsequently issued a statement threatening to kill more members of the PSNI.

Kerr’s cousin Sinead O’Kane described him as an Irish patriot who served his fellow people, regardless of their religion.

Read the BBC report on Nuala Kerr’s comments in full >

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