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Man arrested over cold-case IRA killings of two police officers

The 53-year-old was held over the murders of Eric Brown and Brian Quinn in 1983, before being released.

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A MAN WAS arrested today over the IRA murders of two police officers in 1983.

The 53-year-old was taken into custody and questioned over the killings of Eric Brown, 41, and Brian Quinn, 23, who were shot dead just across the Border in Rostrevor, Co Down almost 29 years ago.

They were killed as they approached a suspicious car outside the town’s post office. UTV reports that Brown and Quinn, both Catholic, were guarding the post office along with a third officer, who was wounded in the attack.

Their deaths have now been probed by the North’s Historical Enquiries Team, whose findings led the PSNI Serious Crime Branch to reopen the case.

The suspect presented himself at Antrim police station today and was questioned in the Serious Crime Suite before being released this evening.

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