06 April 2005

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Two 'ex-soldiers' held over 1974 murder

06/04/2005 - 19:03:31

Two men were still being questioned tonight about the murder of a nationalist councillor in Northern Ireland over 30 years ago.

They are being held at Antrim for interview by detectives investigating the murder of Patrick Kelly, aged 33, who was shot dead in July 1974 and his body then dumped into a lake.

Two other men who were also arrested as part of the investigation were released today without charge.

Sources close to the investigation said some, if not all four men, were former soldiers in the Ulster Defence Regiment.

Relatives of the victim claim the UDR was involved in the murder when Mr Kelly was shot dead after locking up his bar in the village of Trillick, County Tyrone. His car was found burned-out and three weeks later his body was discovered in a lake 10 miles away.

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