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Gunmen showed 'no remorse' in Massereene attack - survivors

Two people who survived the attack in which two British soldiers were killed have recalled the events in court.

Co-accused Brian Shivers leaving court on Monday
Co-accused Brian Shivers leaving court on Monday
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TWO SURVIVORS HAVE described the Real IRA gun attack at Massereene barracks in Co Antrim in which two British soldiers were killed.

Another soldier, Mark Fitzpatrick, and pizza delivery man Mercin Wietrzynski told Antrim Crown Court about their recollections of the event during the trial of two men on murder charges over the incident.

Mark Fitzpatrick said the Royal Engineers at the base had ordered pizza, but when they went outside to collect it somebody opened fire. He said a bullet brushed the side of his head, and described how one gunman “finished off” victim Patrick Azimkar, the BBC reports.

“Whoever it was wanted to cause damage and they finished him off before firing in at me,” Fitzpatrick said.

He added that the killers showed “no remorse,” according to the Guardian.

Wietrzynski, speaking through an interpreter, said he woke up on the ground and realised he had been shot, UTV reports. “I got hit in my hands and my back, I had my legs broken,” he said.

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Colin Duffy, from Lurgan, and Derry man Brian Shivers are on trial for the murder of Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey in March 2009.

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