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Murdered ex-IRA man laid to rest - as three people are questioned over his killing

Kevin McGuigan was killed in the Catholic Short Strand area of Belfast last week.

Updated 6.42pm

Kevin McGuigan shooting Kevin McGuigan's Widow Dorlores is comforted as the funeral of the former IRA man leaves St Mathew's Church in east Belfast. Source: Niall Carson

THE FUNERAL OF former IRA prisoner Kevin McGuigan took place today as police arrested three people in connection with his murder.

The man died after being shot in the Comber Court area of Short Strand in Belfast on 12 August.

The three men aged 53, 44, and 41 were arrested at three different locations around Belfast this morning and have been taken to the serious crime suite in the city.

The 53-year-old had previously been spoken to as part of an investigation into the killing of Jock Davison, another republican figure, last May.

Source: Niall Carson

McGuigan was outside his home in the area when he was approached by two men and shot several times. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he died a short time later.

Detective Chief Inspector John McVea earlier described the murder as “ruthless and premeditated”.

He went on to say that McGuigan had been spoken to in connection with the murder of Jock Davison, but that this was in a capacity as a potential witness, and not as a suspect.

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