UTV News - IRA 'fired first shot' in Loughgall Given the history and background of the personalities involved and the hardware they were carrying (large IED, assault rifles, body armour being worn). Also their MO for the planned attack on Loughgall and how they had followed up similar attacks at Ballygawley and The Birches R.U.C. stations, I'd love to hear any sensible suggestions as to how an arrest op could have been succesfully carried out. Seriously. For all their bleating, I'm not sure if the shinners would be comfortable with a thorough enquiry into security force successes in the tyrone area during the late 80's, early 90's. School of thought in these parts is that it would be a can of worms for them.