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Man released in PSNI probe into INLA killer McElkerney gun salute

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 41-year-old man arrested by police investigating a volley of shots fired at the wake of former leading INLA member Martin McElkerney has been released unconditionally.

He is the third arrest in the investigation. So far no one has been charged.

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

He was held on suspicion of membership of a proscribed organisation and is being questioned at the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station.

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

A 40-year-old man was held on Tuesday and later released unconditionally on Wednesday. Another man arrested last month was also released unconditionally.

Detective Inspector Carol Dane said the shooting 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 appealed on anyone with information to contact police or the Crimestoppers charity.

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.

Martin McElkerney
Martin McElkerney

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

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