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Two men arrested over shooting of PSNI officer in North Belfast released unconditionally

A 30-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation yesterday is still in custody.

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TWO MEN ARRESTED in connection with the shooting of a PSNI officer in North Belfast have been released unconditionally.

A community police officer is recovering in hospital after suffering three bullet wounds to his arm following a shooting at a petrol station on Sunday night.

The PSNI believes the attack was carried out by dissident republicans.

A 30-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation yesterday is still in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

A 39-year-old, from the West Belfast area, who was also arrested yesterday evening in connection with the attempted murder has been released unconditionally.

And a 36-year-old man, who was arrested on the night of the shooting, has also been released unconditionally.

Speaking on behalf of the 36-year-old, Michael Madden solicitor-advocate of Madden & Finucane, said the man ”was detained for nearly 48 hours without a shred of evidence being put to him”.

I am concerned about the intense media reporting yesterday of a man who was not subject to any public court proceedings and who in all likelihood will now lose his employment and have his personal safety jeopardised despite having been released without charge.

He said the man “is considering his legal options available for scrutinising the lawfulness of his arrest and subsequent detention”.

Read: ’Children could have been killed’: Dissident republicans thought to be behind PSNI officer shooting>

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