Belfast man shot dead in 'brutal' murder as police reveal victim had links to dissident republicans

Belfast man is shot dead in ‘brutal’ murder as police reveal victim had links to dissident republicans and was arrested over the killing of a Dublin gangland boss

  • A man with links to dissident republications was shot dead in west Belfast today
  • Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the man was shot in a ‘brutal and shameful attack’
  • Detectives and local police are attending the scene at Rodney Parade

A man with significant links to dissident republications has been shot dead in a ‘brutal’ west Belfast murder.

The man, who is thought to be known to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), was killed on Saturday afternoon.

Detectives and local police are attending the scene at Rodney Parade.

A man, who is thought to be known to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), was killed on Saturday afternoon in west Belfast (scene pictured above)

A man, who is thought to be known to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), was killed on Saturday afternoon in west Belfast (scene pictured above)

Detectives and local police are attending the scene of the shooting at Rodney Parade (above)

Detectives and local police are attending the scene of the shooting at Rodney Parade (above) 

It is also understood that the victim had significant links to dissident republicans. 

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the man was shot dead in a ‘brutal and shameful attack’, ITV reported.

He said: ‘My thoughts are with the family of the man who has been killed. No family should have to go through this heartache.

‘Those involved in this act have absolutely no place in our community, they must cease their anti-community activities and get off the back of the people of west Belfast.

‘Those responsible must be held accountable before the courts.

‘A police operation is ongoing in the St James’ area and I would appeal to anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI.’

SDLP west Belfast councillor Brian Heading said the ‘brutal crime’ has caused immense shock in the area.

It is understood that the victim of the shooting had significant links to dissident republicans

It is understood that the victim of the shooting had significant links to dissident republicans

Police officers have not yet released any further details about the shooting (pictured, a police car at the scene in west Belfast)

Police officers have not yet released any further details about the shooting (pictured, a police car at the scene in west Belfast)

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the man was shot dead in a 'brutal and shameful attack' (pictured, police attending the scene on Saturday)

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey said the man was shot dead in a ‘brutal and shameful attack’ (pictured, police attending the scene on Saturday)

He said: ‘Police have locked down the street where the shooting took place. I would urge everyone to co-operate with PSNI officers as they investigate.

‘Those responsible for this barbaric crime have no support here.

‘They need to be caught and brought to justice. I would encourage anyone with information to bring it to the police as soon as possible.’ 

People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll said: ‘Tragically, we have heard of another brutal murder in west Belfast.

‘I have been on the ground speaking to residents in the area this afternoon and people are outraged at this horrific attack.

‘These barbaric actions heap pain and trauma on our community. They have no place in our society. Thoughts with the individual and their family.’ 

Police officers have not yet released any further details about the shooting. 

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