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Man charged over British soldier murders

UK flagProminent Northern Ireland republican Colin Duffy will appear in court later charged with the murders of two soldiers outside barracks in Antrim.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey were shot collecting pizza at the Massereene barracks on 7 March.

Mr Duffy, 41, faces eight charges; two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm.

He is expected to appear at Larne Magistrates’ Court later.

News of the charges came hours after more than 200 people in Lurgan, County Armagh, attended a meeting in support of Mr Duffy and his family.

On Thursday six suspects in the murders, including Mr Duffy, were released by the High Court after a legal challenge to their detention.

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Mr Duffy was freed but re-arrested at Antrim police station a short time later.

The murder of the soldiers was followed by the killing of Constable Stephen Carroll in Craigavon two days later.

Two men, a 17-year-old youth and a former Sinn Féin councillor, 37-year-old Brendan McConville, have been remanded in custody charged with the murder of Constable Carroll.

A 21-year-old man has been remanded in custody accused of withholding information in relation to the policeman’s murder.

The dissident republican Real IRA shot Sappers Azimkar and Quinsey outside Massereene barracks, while the dissident republican Continuity IRA claimed the murder of Constable Carroll.

Four other people, including two pizza delivery men – Anthony Watson, 19, from Antrim and a Polish man in his 30s – were injured in the attack on the County Antrim barracks.

The two young soldiers were the first to be murdered in Northern Ireland in 12 years.

Source: BBC News

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