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Service held to remember soldiers shot dead by Real IRA

Patrick Azimkar's family and friends, including mother Geraldine, father Mehmet and brother Jamie, during a memorial service for Sappers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar in Antrim yesterday

A commemoration has been held to remember two British soldiers shot dead by the Real IRA in Antrim ten years ago yesterday.

Patrick Azimkar and Sapper Mark Quinsey were killed as the collected pizza at the gates of the former Massereene Barracks in the town.

Relatives of the men were joined by members of the public, local councillors, the Royal Engineers and PSNI at Market Square for the event.

Earlier a small private service was held at the former Massereene Barracks site, where a commemorative tree was planted and a bench unveiled in memory of the soldiers.

Patrick Azimkar’s mother thanked people for attending.

"Thank you all for coming today to remember Patrick and Mark whose young lives were stolen exactly ten years ago today,” she said.

She said the “support shown by the local residents over the past ten years has been phenomenal”.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Paul Michael said: “I am truly honoured to be joined by their families on this occasion, and to lead the borough in our service of remembrance.”

Yvonne Black -Widow of prison officer David Black - and Kate Carroll -widow of PSNI officer Steve Carroll - during a memorial service for British soldiers Mark Quinsey and Patrick Azimkar outside Massereene barracks in Antrim yesterday

Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey


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