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Sunday 15 December 2019

Appeal for help to find soldiers' killers on first anniversary

David Young

Solemn tributes were paid to two British soldiers murdered in Northern Ireland on the first anniversary of their deaths yesterday as detectives renewed appeals for help catching the killers.

The Royal British Legion held a poignant memorial service on the spot outside Massereene barracks in Antrim where Sappers Patrick Azimkar (21), from London, and 23-year-old Mark Quinsey, from Birmingham, were gunned down by the Real IRA. A lone piper played a lament for the fallen soldiers while around 100 people stood in silence with heads bowed.

Wreaths were laid in front of the gates where the two young soldiers lost their lives. Inside the military compound, the Army held its own memorial for the sappers who were hours from deploying to Afghanistan when they were killed.

They were collecting a pizza at the gates of the barracks when two gunmen opened fire before fleeing in a getaway car. Two men -- including Lurgan dissident Colin Duffy -- have been charged with the murders and attempted murders. But police believe others were involved.

Today senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Peter Farrar, urged anyone with information to come forward.

"If you were in the area of Randalstown Road, near Massereene Barracks on Saturday March 7, 2009, between 9pm and 10pm, please call the incident room on 028944 81641.

"Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555111."

Irish Independent

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