Northern Irish militant found guilty of soldiers' killing

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Posted: Jan 20, 2012 8:59 AM
Northern Irish militant found guilty of soldiers' killing

ANTRIM, Northern Ireland (Reuters) - A Northern Irish Catholic was found guilty on Friday of the 2009 murder of two British soldiers outside an army base, one of the worst attacks since a 1998 peace deal mostly ended three decades of sectarian violence.

The shootings were claimed by the Real IRA, a dissident group which opposes the Irish Republican Army's ending of its armed campaign against British rule.

Brian Shivers, 46, from county Londonderry, was found guilty of the killing of soldiers Patrick Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23. His co-accused Colin Duffy, 44, was acquitted.

Azimkar, 21, and Quinsey, 23, were shot dead outside the Massereene Barracks in Antrim as they collected a pizza just hours before they were due to fly out to Afghanistan. Four other people were seriously injured, including the pizza delivery men.

(Reporting by Ivan Little; Writing by Conor Humphries; Editing by Andrew Roche)