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Footage emerges of Continuity IRA firing shots at Easter commemoration

What is believed to be a masked member of the Continuity IRA firing shots over a grave in Co Tyrone on Easter Saturday
Connla Young

PICTURES have emerged of a masked Continuity IRA member firing shots in Co Tyrone at Easter.

It is believed three shots were fired by the man, who was wearing combat clothing and a beret, at a graveyard in Carrickmore on Easter Saturday.

Footage seen by The Irish News shows the man using what appears to be a handgun to fire the volley over the grave of IRA member Frank Ward, who was killed after a gun battle with B-Specials in April 1922.

Carrickmore and surrounding districts are regarded as republican heartlands and the village hosts several Easter commemorations every year.

Masked and uniformed republicans have previously marched through the village during commemorations.

The latest armed display took place on the same day as a PSNI operation swung into place at a Republican Sinn Féin Easter commemoration in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

SDLP policing spokeswoman Dolores Kelly condemned the display.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate in this day and age, particularly after Lyra McKee,” she said.

“It really is crass to have masked men firing shots over graves or at police, it is something we should all have consigned to the history books.”

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