Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Suspect in killing of two soldiers is freed

Victim: Richard Turnbull
Victim: Richard Turnbull

A man arrested in connection with the IRA murders of two teenage British soldiers in Northern Ireland 36 years ago has been released.

The 54-year-old suspect was questioned about the gun attack on Army vehicles in Belfast that killed Michael Harrison (19) and Richard Turnbull (18), who were both privates from Yorkshire serving with the Light Infantry.

The ambush on North Howard Street in June 1977 left two other military personnel injured.

The arrested man was detained in west Belfast. He was taken to Antrim police station for questioning before being released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Private Harrison was from South Yorkshire while Private Turnbull hailed from North Yorkshire.

They were just two days into a four-month tour of duty when they were killed in a hail of bullets as their patrol was ambushed.

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