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Milton Keynes shootings: three men bailed

Mohamed Abdi Farah and Amin Ahmed Ismail
Image caption The deaths of Mohamed Abdi Farah and Amin Ahmed Ismail were not gang-related, police said

Three men arrested in connection with the murder of two teenagers in Buckinghamshire have been released on bail by police.

The suspects, from Milton Keynes, were detained by officers investigating the deaths of Mohamed Abdi Farah, 19, and Amin Ahmed Ismail, 18, in the town.

Armed police raided addresses in Fishermead, Springfield and Conniburrow.

The men, all in their early 20s, were released on police bail until 4 July.

The shootings took place in an alleyway, on the Fishermead council estate in Milton Keynes, shortly after 2200 BST last Thursday.

CCTV images of Mr Farah wearing a fisherman's style hat and Mr Ismail wearing an orange hooded top have been released by police.

The footage was taken at the Xscape leisure complex in Milton Keynes, at about 2135 BST on the night they died.

Both victims were from the Somali community and were known to police for low-level criminal activity. Detectives have so far ruled out the theory that the killings were gang-related.

The dead men left Xscape at about 2141 BST. They then walked back to the estate and were last seen near X-Trim barbers shop, in Gurnards Avenue, at about 2150 BST.

Det Supt Rob Mason, who is leading the Thames Valley Police investigation, said: "I am aware that the fact we have not charged anyone yet may start to cause frustration within the community.

"Investigations like this are complex and include a large amount of forensic analysis which inevitably takes time.

"To give people some idea of the scale of the investigation, in less than a week we have taken nearly 200 statements, been contacted by over 200 people and collected in excess of 350 exhibits."

He said he had met the families of both victims and they were continuing to be updated and supported by the family liaison officers.

"I am really pleased with the response from the local community but would urge anyone who can assist the investigation to come forward," added Det Supt Mason

Two other men, aged 33 and 21, and a 13-year-old boy - all from the Bletchley area - have also been released on bail until later this month in connection with the murders.

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