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INLA killer Martin McElkerney dies after cemetery shooting

Martin McElkerney Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Martin McElkerney was found critically injured at Milltown Cemetery on Thursday

A man convicted of killing two children and a soldier in a republican bomb attack has died after a shooting in a west Belfast cemetery.

Martin McElkerney, 57, was taken to hospital after being found critically injured at Milltown Cemetery on Thursday.

Police said they were not looking for any other person over the shooting.

In 1982, he was sentenced to life in prison over a bombing at the Divis Flats.

Kevin Valliday, 11, and 14-year-old Stephen Bennett, were killed along with soldier Kevin Waller, who was 20.

McElkerney was released in 1999 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

He was among four former INLA prisoners at a press conference in February 2010 announcing that the paramilitary group had disposed of its weapons.

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) is believed to have been behind 120 murders during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

In 1979, it used a car bomb to murder Tory MP Airey Neave at the House of Commons.

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