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Belfast police officer shooting: Two men released in investigation

Two men, aged 39 and 36, arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer in north Belfast on Sunday have been released unconditionally.

Another 30-year-old remains in police custody.

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The officer, shot as he left the petrol station at around 7.30pm on Sunday on the Crumlin Road, was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he is said to be recovering well.

The officer targeted may have been saved by his bullet-proof vest after the filling station he was in was riddled with gunshots during a suspected dissident gun attack.

Police believe the gunman could have been lying in wait across the road before opening fire on the packed forecourt with a high velocity rifle as families went about their business.

They are now appealing for the public's help in locating a car which they believed was used in the attack.

After firing as many as nine or 10 shots, the gunman is thought to have made his getaway in an Audi car at around 7.30pm.

Chief Constable George Hamilton said police expected CCTV footage would be collected from the garage and forensics officers spent much of yesterday at the scene.

Mr Hamilton described the attack, believed to have been carried out by dissident republicans, as reckless and despicable.

"I would simply condemn this despicable attack, this act of recklessness at a filling station out on a public road which was riddled with high velocity gunfire when people were there to buy fuel, to buy groceries for their children's lunches," said Mr Hamilton.

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