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A 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Three men have previously been questioned and released by police.

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NI Secretary warns of threat of 'lethal' extremists

Theresa Villiers condemned the "cowardly and evil" attack in the House of Commons. Credit: PA Wire

In an urgent statement to MPs, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers sent her "deepest condolences" to David Black's widow Yvonne, son Kyle and daughter Kyra for their "devastating loss" and vowed to catch his killers.

"The Government will do whatever we can to help the PSNI bring the perpetrators of this atrocity to justice," she said. "We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the terrorists do not succeed."

Mrs Villiers said yesterday's killing showed the threat posed by dissident republicans.

"The numbers involved in terrorism activities are small, but these groupings have the capability and they have lethal intent," she said. "They can still ruin lives despite their lack of support in the community, so we remain vigilant."

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