19 February 2006

Shot Belfast security guard dies


19/02/2006 - 23:19:11

A security guard has died after being shot in the head at a military base in East Belfast today.

The victim, aged 46 and from Larne, Co Antrim, was a civilian member of staff at the Moscow Army Barracks on Airport Road.

Police are understood to be considering the possibility of a negligent discharge.

The Army is not commenting on the incident, but it is understood that the victim was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound and later died.

An Army spokesman later confirmed that the shooting was not training-related.

It also emerged that the victim worked for the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service, an organisation employed by the Ministry of Defence at military bases across the Province.

Staff members have the powers of a special constable whilst they are on duty.

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