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Police probe after shots fired at republican funeral

Police are investigating after masked men appear to fire a volley of shots at a republican funeral in west Belfast.

A video recording of the funeral of Barry McMullan was posted online and included footage showing shots being fired as the funeral cortege passed.

Two young children are seen at the side of the gunmen as they open fire. They move away as the men dressed in berets and sunglasses appear to begin shooting.

The masked men can be seen standing on steps as the cortege pauses along the Whiterock Road before continuing to travel to Milltown Cemetery.

Barry McMullan, known as 'baz', is believed to have been a senior member of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement.

SDLP councillor for west Belfast Tim Attwood said the incident could "easily" have ended in tragedy.

He said: “Gunmen have no place on the streets of Belfast.

"In a built up area, with so many bystanders this could easily end in tragedy.”

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: “Police are aware of footage showing shots apparently being fired by masked men in West Belfast in recent days. An investigation is underway.”

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