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BBC NI's Tracey Titterington reports
The funerals of two other victims are due to take place on Monday
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Saturday, 4 November, 2000, 17:16 GMT
Paramilitary funeral for murdered loyalist
Masked men walked alongside Mr English's coffin
Masked men walked alongside Mr English's coffin
Masked men in paramilitary-style uniforms have flanked the coffin of a prominent loyalist who was killed during continuing feuding between rival paramilitary factions.

Tommy English, 39, was shot in front of his wife at his home in Ballyfore Gardens, on the Ballyduff Estate in Newtownabbey, County Antrim on Tuesday.

Mr English's murder was the third fatal attack in a spate of shootings arising out of a feud between the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters (UDA/UFF) in north Belfast.

Saturday - David Greer
Tuesday - Bertie Rice
Tuesday - Tommy English
Wednesday - Mark Quail

During his funeral on Saturday, four masked men walked beside Mr English's coffin, which was draped in UDA flags.

Earlier, a private service was held his mother's house in north Belfast.

Among the mourners was the deputy lord mayor of Belfast Frank McCoubrey of the Ulster Democratic Party which has links to the UDA/UFF.

Mr English had been a member of the UDP's Stormont talks team prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998.

It is believed he was killed by the UVF in retaliation for the murder of Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) worker Bertie Rice, 63, who was murdered seven hours earlier in north Belfast.

The PUP is linked to the UVF.
Tommy English:
Tommy English: Member of Ulster Democratic Party talks team

Mr Rice's murder was thought to have been in reprisal for the murder of a member of the UDA, 21-year-old David Greer, last weekend.

A fourth man, Mark Quail, was killed in Ballyronan Park in the heart of the loyalist Rathcoole Estate on Wednesday night, less than 24 hours after the murder of Mr English.

Mr Quail was linked to the UVF and his shooting is being blamed on the UFF.

Mr Rice and Mr Quail will be buried on Monday.

Meanwhile, a fifth man was seriously injured after being shot in the chest as he worked in a butcher's shop in the Oldpark area in the north of the city on Thursday.

A paramilitary wreath is carried at the funeral
A paramilitary wreath is carried at the funeral

The loyalist UVF and the rival UDA/UFF have also been embroiled in a feud in the west of the city.

That dispute erupted as a result of a power struggle in July, and also left three men dead and more than 200 families homeless.

The current violence in the north of the city is believed to be separate and linked to a dispute between local factions of the two loyalist organisations.

Security sources have said it flared up during an argument in a Belfast pub.

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