The following statement was received by media outlets, including SAOIRSE on January 30:
"Although lightly armed the unit split into two groups and moved in on both sides of the now dug-in soldiers. As the unit drew near the enemy, their presence was noticed and one of the Crown Force members took flight leaving his comrade struggling to get out of the hideout.
"The second soldier was grabbed by an unarmed Volunteer who had managed to get up close. As the soldier turned, producing her weapon, a second Volunteer fired a shot in her direction. At this time three carloads of the Tactical Support Group (TSG) approached the area. The unit fired a shot in their direction and both sides slowly but carefully withdrew.
"All Volunteers returned safely to their own area.
"Shortly after the engagement the Drumbeg estate was swamped by the British Army who went through gardens, fields and all waste ground; searching sheds, bins and refuse sacks.
"For the following few days spotter planes and unmarked Crown Forces vehicles kept the whole of Craigavon and Lurgan under close surveillance.
"Presumably the reason no mention was made in the media of this engagement is because the British have continually maintained that there are no soldiers on the ground in the Occupied Six Counties.
"We take this opportunity to once again inform members of the British war machine that the CIRA are targeting them and will continue to target them as long as any part of Ireland is occupied by Crown Forces.
"Signed, B Ó Ruairc"
Information from SAOIRSE: Irish Freedom, The Voice of the Republican Movement