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High profile republican among cleared pair

High profile republican Colin Duffy, 44, and a second man aged 31 have been released unconditionally, a spokeswoman for the PSNI said.

The pair were detained in Lurgan, Co Armagh, miles from where David Black was ambushed on the M1 motorway on his way to work at the top security prison near Lisburn, Co Antrim.

A third man arrested by Gardai is still being questioned in Co Leitrim.

Duffy has been cleared of murder charges on three previous occasions - the latest last January after two soldiers were shot dead outside Massereene Army barracks.

He was arrested on Friday at his home in the Kilwilkie estate, where republicans opposed to the peace process have huge support.


Funeral to be held for murdered prison officer

The funeral for murdered Northern Ireland prison officer David Black will take place on Tuesday, it was announced today.

The service will be held at Molesworth Presbyterian Church in Cookstown.

Mr Black, who had served more than 30 years' with the Prison Service was gunned down on Thursday during a high speech ambush on a motorway as he drove to work at Maghaberry high-security prison.

Third arrest in NI prison officer murder investigation

A third man was arrested tonight by police investigation the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland.

The suspect, 29, was detained in the Irish Republic by police.

Earlier, two other men including prominent dissident republican Colin Duffy were arrested in connection with David Black's murder

Mr Black, 52, was gunned down during a high speed ambush yesterday on a motorway as he drove to work at Maghaberry high security prison.

His killing has prompted condemnation from across Britain and Ireland and police have blamed it on dissident republicans.


PSNI welcomes Crimestoppers reward offer

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has welcomed independent charity Crimestoppers' offer of a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of prison officer David Black.

Detectives are conducting an extensive investigation into David Black's murder.

A key element of this investigation will be information which is provided by members of our community.

If the reward encourages some individuals to come forward, this will be of benefit to all our efforts as we work to secure convictions against Mr Black's killers."

– PSNI Assistant Chief Constable for Crime Operations, Drew Harris

£10k reward offered in NI prison officer murder probe

Independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of a prison officer in Northern Ireland.

David Black was gunned down on his way to work in a motorway ambush yesterday.

This heinous crime has sent shockwaves through communities across Northern Ireland and left a family without their father.

I am urging anyone with information about this crime, no matter how small that information may be, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously - we don't want to know who you are, only what you know.

– Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers

Robinson: Community must respond to prison officer's murder

Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson has branded the dissident republican who murdered David Black as the enemies of everyone across the island of Ireland.

He said:

When someone strikes at the Prison Service in Northern Ireland, that's our Prison Service, that's part of our community, they are attacking us as part of that community and the community must give a community response to that.

Mr Robinson's comments came after ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive and the Irish Republic's government discussed Mr Black's murder at a North South Ministerial Council meeting.

PSNI update on murder of prison officer David Black

Detective Superintendent Keith Agnew, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who is leading the investigation into the murder of prison officer David Black has given the following update:

Firstly, I want to express the sympathy of the entire Major Investigation Team I am leading to David Black’s family. We will do our very best to ensure his killers are brought before the courts.

I welcome the universal condemnation there has been from right across our community in response to David’s murder. I am sure it is of comfort to his family at this difficult time.

But condemnation, however strident, is not enough. My team of detectives need condemnation to be translated into information if our investigation is to make maximum progress.

Two men, aged 31 and 44, were arrested in the early hours of this morning in Lurgan. But there is a long way to go in this investigation and we need the community’s assistance in relation to the movements of David Black’s Audi A4 and the killers’ dark blue Toyota Camry car.

– Det Supt Keith Agnew, Police Service of Northern Ireland
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