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Informer tells how he was shot by IRA.

Former IRA informer Martin McGartland last night spoke for the first time since he was gunned down at his home and identified his attackers as Republican terrorists.

"I know who done this to me, it was the IRA. Everybody else knows who's done it to me," he said.

The 28-year-old ex-undercover agent underwent emergency surgery after he was shot several times at his house in Whitley Bay, Tyneside, about two weeks ago.

He has scars and bullet wounds across his torso after he said he was blasted seven times at close range.

Known as Agent Carol, he was recruited by RUC Special Branch in 1988 at the age of 17 and went on to sabotage a number of Republican terrorist acts before they found him out.

He escaped an IRA death squad by throwing himself out of a third floor window and once he recovered he fled to the north of England.

His book Fifty Dead Men Walking refers to the number of lives he claims to have saved.

McGartland said it would be months before he was fully recovered and pointed to one bullet wound which he claimed if it had been "a few inches either way, I'd have been dead".

"The ceasefire doesn't make much difference to me. It didn't drop my guard, it didn't make me feel I was safe. But at the same time there was a bit of hope there."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 2, 1999
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