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Two released in PSNI murder probe

The scene of the shooting in Craigavon
The scene of the shooting in Craigavon

Two men, aged 27 and 31, who were arrested last week in connection with the murder of Constable Stephen Carroll have been released without charge.

Five others remain in custody. The 48-year-old was shot by the Continuity IRA in Craigavon, County Armagh, on March 9.

His murder came just two days after the killing of two soldiers at Massereene Army barracks in Antrim.

They were Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azminkar, 21.

Earlier on Monday, six people being held in connection with the murders of the three security force personnel launched a High Court challenge to the extension of their detention period.

Only one of the six, prominent republican Colin Duffy, who is being questioned about the soldiers' murders in Antrim, was present as his lawyers attempted to overturn a decision which allows police to keep them in custody for an extra seven days.

Judges have granted anonymity to the other five, who are all seeking an urgent judicial review on the same basis that the move was unlawful and breached their right to liberty under the European Convention on Human Rights.

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