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Man released in probe into INLA killer McElkerney gun salute

Shots fired at the wake of Martin McElkerney
Shots fired at the wake of Martin McElkerney

A man arrested by detectives investigating a volley of shots fired at the wake of former INLA man Martin McElkerney has been released unconditionally.

The man was arrested in Belfast on Saturday morning under the Terrorism Act and is being held on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation.

He was taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station for questioning before being released on Sunday morning.

Those arrested under the Terrorism Act must be charged, released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service or released unconditionally. Police bail is not permitted.

Shots were fired at the wake of McElkerney in the Divis area of west Belfast on May 20.

Police also carried out a search of a property in the Dunmurry area on Friday and seized a number of items that were taken away for examination.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey  said: “The scene at Ross Street on Monday 20th May, of a man shooting a 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.

“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 May's 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 on May 18 after he was found with a gunshot wound at the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery.

Martin McElkerney
Martin McElkerney

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