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Court refuses bail for man charged in N. Ireland killings

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  • Shooting is first fatal attack on British soldiers in N. Ireland in over 12 years
  • Cengiz "Pat" Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23, were killed in the attack
  • The Real IRA reportedly claims it had carried out the attack
  • Three people have been charged in connection with police officer killing days later
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(CNN) -- A court refused bail Friday for the 41-year-old man charged with the murder of two British soldiers at a base in Northern Ireland.

Soldiers Cengiz Azimkar, left, and Mark Quinsey were killed at a base in Northern Ireland.

Soldiers Cengiz Azimkar, left, and Mark Quinsey were killed at a base in Northern Ireland.

Larne Magistrates Court, about 15 miles north of Belfast, ordered that the man continue to be held in custody and appear via video link before Antrim Magistrates Court on April 21, the court said.

The man, who was not named in conformity with British law, was charged Thursday with two counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder and a single count of possession of a firearm and ammunition with intent to kill, police said.

He was one of six suspected dissident republicans whose lawyers successfully challenged a court order granting detectives more time to question them in the case, British news reports said.

The six were released without charge on instructions from a judge, a police spokeswoman said, but the 41-year-old was quickly re-arrested.

The March 7 shooting at the base in Massereene, Northern Ireland, was the first fatal attack on British soldiers in the province in more than 12 years, and it sparked fears of a return to the sectarian violence that Northern Ireland suffered until the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a period known as The Troubles.

Cengiz "Pat" Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23, were killed in the attack, which came as pizzas were being delivered to the base barracks. Two other soldiers and two pizza delivery men were wounded.

The Real IRA, a militant group that splintered away from the Irish Republican Army, reportedly claimed it had carried out the attack.

Two days after the attack on the soldiers, Constable Stephen Carroll, 48, was shot as he responded to a call in the town of Craigavon, in County Armagh. News reports said he was shot in the back of the head.

Three people have been charged in connection with his death. Two men, 37 and 17, have been charged with murder, and a 21-year-old man is charged with withholding information connected to the murder, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

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Another militant splinter group, the Continuity IRA claimed responsibility for Carroll's killing.

Neither splinter group accepts the Good Friday accord of 1998 that ended direct London rule of Northern Ireland and created a power-sharing government.

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