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Jean McConville murder: Two more quizzed

By Chris Kilpatrick

Two women arrested by detectives investigating the murder of mother-of-10 Jean McConville have been released.

The women – aged 57 and 60 – were arrested yesterday and taken to Antrim police station. The PSNI said they were later released pending a report to the PPS.

In recent weeks three others have been arrested for questioning in relation to the 1972 murder.

One was Alex Murphy (56), who was previously sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two Army corporals in 1988.

He was subsequently released without charge hours later.

Two women, both 57, were released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.

Mrs McConville was seized by the IRA from her Divis Flats home in west Belfast, shot dead and secretly buried. Her body was found in 2003 on a Co Louth beach.

The arrests came after a veteran republican – 77-year-old Ivor Bell – was last month charged in connection with the killing of Mrs McConville. Bell, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast, faces counts of aiding and abetting the murder and of IRA membership.

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