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2 British policewomen killed in grenade attack

Published on Sep 19, 2012 7:44 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Two unarmed female police officers were killed in a rare grenade and gun attack with links to organised crime on Tuesday in an incident that has reopened the debate on arming the British police.

A 29-year-old man wanted for two previous murders has been arrested in connection with the killings in Tameside, Greater Manchester, northwestern England, after handing himself in at a police station.

British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the two officers, saying their deaths were a "shocking reminder of the debt we owe to those who put themselves in danger to keep us safe and secure."

Police said suspect Dale Cregan had lured police officers Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23, to their deaths by making a bogus burglary report that they went to check, thinking it was a routine incident.

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