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Man arrested over murder of soldiers in 1977

A 54-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of two soldiers in Belfast over 30 years ago.

He was arrested in the west Belfast area over the murder of two soldiers in the North Howard Street area of Belfast in 1977.

Private Michael Harrison (19) and Private Richard Turnbull (18) died in an IRA gun attack on Army vehicles on June, 29.

Police have said the suspect has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.

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

Private Harrison was from the town of Dinnington in South Yorkshire while Private Turnbull hailed from North Yorkshire.

They were just two days into a four month tour of duty in Northern Ireland when they were killed in a hail of bullets as the army patrol they were travelling in turned into the path of the waiting ambush.

A regimental padre and an officer were both injured in the attack, though not seriously.

Six people were charged in the wake of the shooting, with one sentenced to life for murder.

 

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