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Man freed in Army shooting probe

Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey
Sappers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey died in the Real IRA attack

A 51-year-old man arrested in connection with the Real IRA murders of two soldiers at an Army base in March has been released without charge.

Sappers Patrick Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23, were shot dead outside Massereene barracks in Antrim.

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

The man, who was arrested in County Antrim, was also being quizzed over five attempted murders in the attack.

He was released from police custody unconditionally and without charge on Sunday night.

The Republican Network for Unity (RNU), an umbrella group for republicans opposed to Sinn Fein, has said the man was one of their leading members, Tony 'TC' Catney.

The RNU said said Mr Catney was arrested at Belfast International Airport on Sunday as he arrived back in Northern Ireland from meetings in Glasgow.

Mr Catney was sentenced to life for a murder committed in 1974.

He later became a senior official in Sinn Fein before leaving the party over the Good Friday Agreement.

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