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Police question 40-year-old in connection with prison officer's murder in Belfast

Adrian Ismay was driving home on 4 March 2016 when a petrol bomb went off after falling from underneath his van.

Dissident republicans calling themselves the New IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion that caused Ismay's death.
Dissident republicans calling themselves the New IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion that caused Ismay's death.
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THE PSNI HAVE released a 40-year-old man this evening after arresting him earlier today in connection with the murder of police officer Adrian Ismay in March 2016.

Adrian Ismay suffered serious leg injuries when a car bomb exploded underneath his van after it’s thought the device fell off and partly detonated as the vehicle went over a speed bump.

Although the 52-year-old father of three survived the blast and returned home, it’s understood he suffered a heart attack soon after as a result of the attack.

At the time, a man was charged with the murder. Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said today:

“Detectives from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the murder of Prison Officer Adrian Ismay this morning arrested a 40-year-old-man. He has been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite for questioning.”

Comments have been closed as there is reference to a case which is due before the courts.

Read: Belfast prison officer Adrian Ismay was murdered by a car bomb

Read: ‘A day of profound sadness’: The prison officer targeted in Belfast bomb attack has died

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