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A glance at IRA history

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Death toll, targets, attacks from IRA's 35-year campaign to overthrow Northern Ireland:

ORIGINS: Founded in Belfast in December 1969 with the aim of abolishing Northern Ireland as a predominantly Protestant corner of the United Kingdom.

ORGANIZATION: Ruled by a seven-man council and 11-member executive. Current membership estimated at 500 to 1,000 members.

DEATH TOLL: Killed 638 members of the British security forces; 640 civilians, most Protestants; 273 police officers in Northern Ireland, six in the Irish Republic and five in England; 149 of its own members, either accidentally in explosions or deliberately as suspected traitors; 28 members of outlawed Protestant paramilitary groups; 23 prison officers; 12 members of rival anti-British paramilitary groups; and one Irish soldier.

ATTACKS:

-Aug. 12, 1970: Two Northern Ireland police officers are blown up as they inspect an abandoned car in South Armagh.

-Feb. 6, 1971: British soldier killed in a sniper attack in north Belfast.

-July 21, 1972: Twenty bombs detonate in Belfast within an hour, killing nine people and wounding 130 in what is known as "Bloody Friday."

-Nov. 21, 1974: Two bombs devastate pubs in the central England city of Birmingham, killing 21 and wounding 160 - the IRA's worst toll of bloodshed in a single attack.

-Jan. 5, 1976: The IRA machine-guns to death 10 Protestant civilians after stopping their bus in the Kingsmills massacre.

-Aug. 27, 1979: The IRA blows up Lord Louis Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, and three others on his private boat in the Irish Republic. Nineteen British paratroopers are killed with two remote-controlled roadside bombs.

-Oct. 12, 1984: A bomb explodes in a hotel on the south English coast hosting the annual party of Britain's ruling Conservative Party, narrowly missing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher but killing five others, including a lawmaker.

-Oct. 23, 1993: The IRA kills nine Protestant civilians, including two children, and one of its own members in a botched bombing in Belfast.

-Feb. 12, 1997: British soldier, 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Stephen Restorick, is shot in the back by a sniper in South Armagh.

-June 16, 1997: Two Protestant constables are shot to death while on foot patrol in Lurgan town.

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