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War dead are remembered across NI


Remembrance Sunday is marked at a ceremony at Belfast City Hall.

Ceremonies marking Remembrance Sunday have taken place in towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

A two-minute silence was observed at 1100 GMT to remember soldiers who died in armed conflict.

In Belfast, the commemoration was led by the Lord Mayor Naomi Long, with more than 60 wreaths being laid during the ceremony at the City Hall.

The First Minister Peter Robinson represented NI at a ceremony in London which was attended by the Royal Family.

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As the ceremonies took place, the Ministry of Defence announced the death of another serviceman in Afghanistan.

Ceremony at Belfast City Hall
Lord Mayor of Belfast Naomi Long led the city's commemoration

The soldier was from the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, a battalion which is based at Ballykinler in County Down.

He was the 14th serviceman from the battalion to die within the last six months.

His family have been informed.

The annual ceremonies at cenotaphs commemorate the dead of the two world wars, and other armed conflicts.

Almost 50,000 people throughout Ireland were killed in World War I, while more than 5,000 volunteers from Ireland died in World War II.

Other dignitaries who laid wreaths at the Belfast event included the PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott and Dame Mary Peters.

Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the governments of the United States, Canada, France and Poland.

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