Northern Ireland

Tommy Crossan: Paramilitary funeral for murdered dissident republican

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Image caption About 100 people attended the funeral for dissident republican Tommy Crossan

Masked men have flanked the coffin of former dissident republican Tommy Crossan who was murdered in west Belfast on Good Friday.

He was shot dead as he sat in a hut at a fuel business off the Springfield Road.

It is believed the 43-year-old had been expelled from the Continuity IRA after falling out with other dissidents.

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Image caption Tommy Crossan was murdered on Good Friday

The coffin for the father-of-six was carried by family members and draped in a republican flag.

The cortege was led by a lone piper as it made its way to Milltown cemetery in west Belfast.

A 26-year-old man arrested over the murder was released without charge.

The killing was condemned by the first and deputy first ministers.

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