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Memorial for Real IRA army base attack victims

Wreaths are laid at Massereene Barracks at a Royal British Legion memorial service on the anniversary of the Real IRA murder of soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey
Wreaths are laid at Massereene Barracks at a Royal British Legion memorial service on the anniversary of the Real IRA murder of soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey

A memorial service has been held to mark the first anniversary of the deaths of two soldiers shot dead by dissident republicans.

Sappers Mark Quinsey, 23, and Patrick Azimkar, 21, were killed by the Real IRA outside Massereene Barracks in Antrim as they collected pizzas.

The Royal British Legion held a memorial service outside the barracks on Sunday afternoon.

A piper played a lament for the two men before a crowd of about 100 people.

Church leaders from all the main denominations in Northern Ireland spoke at the short service.

Wreaths were laid in front of the gates where the two soldiers lost their lives.

A woman wipes away a tear at the memorial service for the two soldiers
A woman wipes away a tear at the memorial service for the two soldiers

Earlier, Detective Superintendent Peter Farrar had said there were still people who could help but who have not yet come forward.

"Mark and Patrick's families still feel a tremendous amount of grief," he said.

"We can only hope that in time, that grief will ease."

In spite of the widespread condemnation of their murders, dissidents republicans have recently stepped up their violence.

The Republic of Ireland's Justice Minister, Dermot Ahern, said this was an indication that different dissident factions are moving closer together.

"It's a constant battle because, you know, these people are there," he said.

"You know, as soon as you put some into prison, others come, you know, pop up. And obviously when people serve their prison sentences sometimes they go back to their nefarious activities so it is a fairly constant battle. "

In an interview with the Belfast News Letter on Saturday Geraldine Azimkar spoke about her continuing grief.

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

"The pain is there all the time, every day," she said.

Sappers Quinsey, from Birmingham and Azimkar, 21, from Wood Green, London, died just hours before they were due to be deployed to Afghanistan.

Two gunmen in a car parked nearby opened fire with semi-automatic rifles.

Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were seriously wounded in the attack.

Two men, Brian Shivers, from Maghera, and Colin Duffy, from Lurgan, have been charged with the murders.



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