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Man held on suspicion of 'paramilitary-style' murder

Father-of-four Michael McGibbon was killed in an alley in the Ardoyne area of Belfast. Credit: UTV

A man has been arrested following the murder of a taxi driver in what has been described as a 'paramilitary-style' attack.

The victim, father-of-four Michael McGibbon, 33, was shot several times in an alleyway on Friday night in the nationalist republican Ardoyne area.

According to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) a 34-year-old man is being quizzed in connection with the shooting and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Superintendent John McVea said the shooting, which happened shortly after 10pm on Friday, had all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style murder that "robbed a family of a treasured husband and father".

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Cars 'may be linked to prison officer blast attack'

Police are appealing for information on two vehicles they believe were used in the attack on Adrian Ismay Credit: Police Service of Northern Ireland

Police have released photographs of two vehicles they believe may have been used in an attack on prison officer Adrian Ismay.

The father of three died after being injured by a dissident republican bomb which detonated under the van he was driving to work on March 4 in east Belfast.

Police are appealing for information on a red Citroen C3 with the number plate SKZ6662, which is believed to have been used by those planting the device.

They also want information on a silver Skoda Fabia KFZ2352, which is thought to have been used before and after the incident by those involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said: "In particular I am appealing for any sightings of this vehicle, on the move or parked up, between 7pm on the evening of Thursday 3 March and 4am during the early hours of Friday 4 March.

"It is my understanding that a male was dropped off in this vehicle in Pilot Street in the Docks area of Belfast at around 3am on Friday morning and I am appealing for anyone who saw this, or who knows the identity of this male to come forward to police."

Prison officer dies of Belfast booby-trap blast injuries

Adrian Ismay Credit: ITV News

A 52-year-old prison officer who was injured by a targeted booby-trap bomb blast in Northern Ireland earlier this month has died.

Married father-of-three Adrian Ismay was hurt after a dissident republican bomb detonated under the van he was driving to work on March 4 in east Belfast.

A group calling itself the New IRA claimed to have carried out the attack on March 4. Credit: PA Wire

The prison officer was given surgery for severe leg injuries suffered in the attack and was thought to be recovering but died on Tuesday.

Police Service of Northern Ireland said it was "working to establish the exact cause of Adrian's death" while continuing to investigate the bombing, which a group calling themselves the New IRA has claimed to have carried out.

One man has so far been charged with attempted murder and causing an explosion with intent to endanger life.

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted her shock as reports of his death emerged:

Prime Minister David Cameron and Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers also paid tribute.

Chairman of the Prison Officers' Association Finlay Spratt said the death was a complete shock.

Mr Spratt said: "I have no doubt that the explosion that took place was a factor. He was not a person that I knew had any sickness or ailments.

"I just can't believe it. I was just ringing to find out how he was and that's the news I got."

Mr Spratt added: "He was out of hospital and for this to happen - it is as much of a shock as the attack itself."

The long-serving officer worked at Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre in south Belfast and had trained new recruits to the NI Prison Service.

The New IRA group told the BBC that Mr Ismay was targeted because he had trained guards at HMP Maghaberry.

New IRA 'claims responsibility for bomb attack'

The van (centre, top) under which a device exploded in east Belfas Credit: PA Wire

A group calling itself the New IRA has claimed responsibility for a Semtex bomb attack that injured a prison officer in Belfast, according to reports.

The 52-year-old, a married father of three, required surgery after an explosive device detonated under the van he was driving on Friday morning. His condition has been described as stable.

Four people including a woman have since been arrested.

In a statement to the BBC, the dissident republican group reportedly said the officer was targeted because he was involved in training other guards at HMP Maghaberry, near Lisburn.

A spokesman said the officer was one of a number on a list of potential targets and the attack arose from a dispute over the treatment of dissident Republican inmates.

The group claimed to have used the plastic explosive Semtex and a commercial detonator in the attack.

Police arrest four people over bomb attack on prison officer

Police investigating the attempted murder of a prison officer in Belfast on 4 March have arrested three men and a woman, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

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Fears of new terror campaign after Belfast car bombing

There are fears of a new terror campaign in Northern Ireland after a prisoner officer was seriously injured when a bomb exploded under his van.

The incident was a flashback to a troubled past and a warning, say police, about the immediate future.

Police warned there could be more attacks marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports from Belfast:

Dissident republicans 'intent' on more killing

The terror threat level in Northern Ireland has been upgraded to "the upper end of severe," Police Service of Northern Ireland has said today.

A bomb disposal robot in Belfast's Woodstock Road area, where the car bomb exploded Credit: pool

The warning follows a car bomb attack in the east of the city this morning in which a prison officer was injured. PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said that the attack had "set out to kill."

He expressed fear that the attack was part of an upsurge in dissident activity ahead of the forthcoming Easter Rising anniversary and that dissident republicans are intent on killing security force members to mark the 100th anniversary of the republican rebellion against British rule on the streets of Dublin.

The 52-year-old long-serving prison officer, who is married with children, required surgery after an explosive device detonated under the van he was driving on Friday morning. His condition has been described at stable.

The terror threat level in Northern Ireland has been categorised as "severe" for a number of years.

Belfast car bombers 'set out to kill'

The PSNI has released a video appealing for people to come forward with information relating to this morning's car bomb attack in Belfast, telling the public that those who planted the device under a prison officer's van had "set out to kill".

The unnamed 52-year-old victim of the attack is currently undergoing treatment in hospital after the bomb exploded as he drove to work at around 7:10am in the Woodstock Road area.

"'There is a severe threat in Northern Ireland," Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin says in the video. "That means an attack is very likely and we're very worried about the threat picture."

He acknowledged the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and that some dissident republicans may want to mark the centenary "in an entirely more sinister way."

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McGuinness condemns 'despicable and futile' attack

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has tweeted his condemnation of this morning's incident in east Belfast.

A 52-year-old prison officer was on his way to work when after an explosive device detonated under the van he was driving in the Woodstock Road area.

He is in a stable condition in hospital.

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