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Man arrested after shots fired at wake of INLA child killer

Shots are fired in west Belfast in honour of INLA leader Martin McElkerney
Shots are fired in west Belfast in honour of INLA leader Martin McElkerney

A 40-year-old man has been arrested after shots were fired at the wake of INLA child killer Martin McElkerney.

Police investigating shots fired in the Divis area of west Belfast on Monday May 20 arrested the man under the Terrorism Act.

He was arrested in west Belfast on Tuesday morning on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation and is currently being questioned in the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station.

A volley of shots were fired into the air at the wake of McElkerney.

Detective Inspector Carol Dane appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“The scene at Ross Street on Monday 20th May, of a man shooting an automatic weapon into the air was not only shocking and reckless, but also a criminal act, which was carried out by those who seek to control communities through fear of violence," she said.

“The investigation into this incident is ongoing and Police continue to appeal to anyone with information to contact police on 101 or alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Social media footage circulated following the incident showed a masked man wearing a white shirt and black tie discharging several rounds skywards.

The gunman was surrounded by others similarly dressed and wearing balaclavas. One of the men held a picture of INLA man Martin McElkerney.

Following the volley of shots onlookers were heard cheering and applauding.

Martin McElkerney
Martin McElkerney

Triple killer McElkerney was jailed in 1987 for his part in a 1982 booby-trap bomb which killed two schoolboys, Kevin Valliday (11) and his friend Stephen Bennet (14), as well as 20-year-old Lance Bombardier Kevin Waller.

He died earlier this month after he was found with a gunshot wound at the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.

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