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Man held over IRA soldier murders

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

The 54-year-old suspect will be questioned about the gun attack on army vehicles in Belfast that killed 19-year-old Michael Harrison and 18-year-old Richard Turnbull, 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 by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's serious crime branch.

He has been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

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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