DORTMUND, West Germany -- Two gunmen, believed to be Irish Republican Army members, shot and killed a British army major Saturday in front of his house in the West German city of Dortmund, police said.
A police spokesman said the attackers escaped in their car after killing 34-year-old Maj. Michael John Dillon-Lee, shortly after midnight.
He said the two attackers killed Dillon-Lee in front of his house and immediately drove away in a silver Mazda.
A police patrol eventually managed to locate the attackers as they were driving out of the city and two police cars tried to block the Mazda.
But the attackers opened fire, injuring a policeman in the foot, the spokesman said.
He said police followed the attackers but then lost sight of them. Police found the vehicle abandoned later in the night.
The attackers are thought to be members of the IRA, which has also been blamed for the shooting Friday of a 19-year-old recruit in the British town of Lichfield.