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Man arrested over shots fired in INLA killer McElkerney gun salute released

Social media footage showed a masked man wearing a white shirt and black tie discharging several rounds

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
Martin McElkerney
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A man arrested after shots were fired in a gun salute for the INLA killer Martin McElkerney has been released.

Social media footage circulated on Monday night showing 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.

It has been reported it happened outside Mr McElkerney's house and during his wake in Ross Street in the Divis area. Following the volley of shots onlookers were heard cheering and applauding.

On Friday night police arrested a 35-year-old man under the Terrorism Act in Newtownabbey. He was held on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation and questioned in the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast.

"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," police said in a statement.

The man was later released unconditionally on Saturday afternoon. Those held under the Terrorism Act can not be released on police bail they can only be charged or released.

Martin McElkerney, 57, was taken to hospital after he was discovered critically injured at Milltown Cemetery in Belfast on Thursday following a shooting. Police said they are not searching for anyone else in connection with the incident.

McElkerney was convicted of killing two children and a soldier in a republican bomb attack during the Troubles and released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

His funeral took place on Thursday with a number of masked men leading the funeral procession to the church.

Martin McElkerney
Martin McElkerney

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) is suspected to have been behind 120 killings during the conflict.

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