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Murder probe after man shot dead in west Belfast

The man was known to have played a significant role in dissident republican activity.

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The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

A man with significant links to dissident republicans has been shot dead in west Belfast.

The man, who is understood to be known to the PSNI, was killed at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

Detectives and local police are at the scene.

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The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

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The scene at Rodney Parade in west Belfast (Jim Corr/PA)

SDLP west Belfast councillor Brian Heading said the “brutal crime” has caused immense shock in the area.

He said: “Police have locked down the street where the shooting took place. I would urge everyone to co-operate with PSNI officers as they investigate.

“Those responsible for this barbaric crime have no support here.

“They need to be caught and brought to justice. I would encourage anyone with information to bring it to the police as soon as possible.”

People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll said: “Tragically, we have heard of another brutal murder in west Belfast.

“I have been on the ground speaking to residents in the area this afternoon and people are outraged at this horrific attack.

“These barbaric actions heap pain and trauma on our community. They have no place in our society. Thoughts with the individual and their family.”

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the local man was shot dead in a “brutal and shameful attack”.

He added: “My thoughts are with the family of the man who has been killed. No family should have to go through this heartache.

“Those involved in this act have absolutely no place in our community, they must cease their anti-community activities and get off the back of the people of west Belfast.

“Those responsible must be held accountable before the courts.

“A police operation is ongoing in the St James’ area and I would appeal to anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

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