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Police probing shooting of NI officer release man unconditionally

Detectives investigating a shooting attack on a Northern Ireland policeman have released a suspect unconditionally.

Two other men, aged 30 and 39, are still being questioned in connection with the petrol station forecourt targeting of a young officer in north Belfast.

The community officer was shot three times in the arm with a high velocity rifle, and commanders believe his body armour may have saved him from further harm.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) statement said: "A 36-year-old man, arrested on the evening of Sunday 22 January in connection with the attempted murder of a police officer at a filling station on the Crumlin Road, North Belfast that same night, has been released unconditionally."

Detectives believe rounds may have been fired from behind a fence across the road from the garage forecourt on the Crumlin Road on Sunday night as two officers emerged from the shop.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.

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