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Tommy Crossan: Paramilitary funeral of murdered dissident republican takes place in west Belfast

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The funeral of dissident republican Tommy Crossan after he was murdered in west Belfast last week. Pic Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye

The funeral of dissident republican Tommy Crossan after he was murdered in west Belfast last week. Pic Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye

The funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party  during  the funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party during the funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party  during  the funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party during the funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party  during  the funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

A colour party during the funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral  of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral of Tommy Crossan at St John's Church on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The funeral of dissident republican Tommy Crossan after he was murdered in west Belfast last week. Pic Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye

A number of masked men have led the funeral procession of former dissident republican chief Tommy Crossan who was gunned down in west Belfast last week.

Friends and family joined masked men in flanking the coffin of Tommy Crossan, ahead of his funeral at St John the Evangelist Church on the Falls Road.

Crossan, a former chief of the Continuity IRA, was shot twice in the head and several times the body in the Good Friday gun attack in west Belfast.

The father-of-six, from the Falls Road, is believed to have been killed by former republican associates he had fallen out with.

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