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In pictures: NI peace rallies

Belfast city centre

Thousands of people have attended a series of rallies across Northern Ireland to show their anger at the murders of two soldiers and a policeman.

More crowd

Silent protests took place in Lisburn, Downpatrick, Londonderry and Belfast.

A silent vigil was also held in Newry with people united in protest.

A silent vigil was also held in Newry with people united in protest.


Several thousand people stood in sombre silence at the front of Belfast City Hall, the biggest of the rallies.


Two soldiers and a policeman were killed in the space of three days.


Dissident republican groups the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA claimed responsibility for the murders.

MPs hold silent vigil

A cross-party group of MPs held a silent vigil in support of the peace rallies outside the Houses of Parliament.


As the rallies took place, the body of Constable Stephen Carroll, who was shot dead in Lurgan on Monday,was brought to his family home in Banbridge.

Craigavon vigil

On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered for a vigil near the scene where Constable Carroll was shot.

Women holding candles

People gathered at the vigil said prayers for the dead man's family.

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