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Special Garda unit in hunt for churchyard killers

Published 15/02/2008

Gardai investigating the murder of a County Tyrone man in a border village have set up their first-ever mobile control unit to encourage the public to come forward with information.

The body of murder victim, Andrew Burns was handed over to his family yesterday afternoon but gardai are not releasing the results of the post-mortem examination for operational reasons.



The 27- year-old painter and decorator from Strabane was gunned down in a church car park in the tiny border village of Doneyloop between Clady in Co Tyrone and Castlefinn in Co Donegal on Tuesday night.



A splinter republican group made up of former members of the Real and Continuity IRA is believed to be responsible for the brutal killing.



Yesterday, a Garda mobile command and control unit was set up in a car park in Doneyloop as the cross border investigation into the death intensified.



"We are very pleased with the response we have been receiving from the public.



" The unit will be on site until 6pm on Friday evening and will be back again on Tuesday evening, a week to the day when the crime occurred," said a Garda spokesperson.

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