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Man arrested after shots fired at wake of INLA child killer released

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 arrested after shots were fired at the wake of INLA child killer Martin McElkerney has been released unconditionally.

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 taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station.

On Wednesday the man was released unconditionally. The police investigation continues.

People arrested under the Terrorism Act must be charged, released pending report to the PPS or released unconditionally. Bail is not permitted under this legislation. 

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

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

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.

Martin McElkerney
Martin McElkerney

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