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Former senior member of the Continuity IRA shot dead on street in broad daylight

It happened in the Springfield Road area this afternoon.

The scene of the shooting this afternoon
The scene of the shooting this afternoon
Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Updated 9.08pm

A SENIOR MEMBER of a dissident republican group has died after being shot in the Springfield Road area of West Belfast this afternoon.

Tommy Crossan, 43, was brought to a fuel depot by a gunman and was shot in the head and body at close range.

A Catholic priest was called to give the last rites.

The shooting happened near the Peter Pan Industrial Estate, the PSNI confirmed.

Britain Northern Ireland Killing Source: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

Although no group has yet claimed responsibility, it is believed that the Continuity IRA, of which Crossan was a former leader, were behind the shooting. The group had threatened to kill Crossan in 2011 after he was expelled from the group.

Corssan spent five years in prison for a 1999 gun attack on a Belfast police station. He was attacked by rival prisoners while serving his sentence.

Britain Northern Ireland Killing A PSNI officer close to the scene of the shooting Source: AP/Press Association Images

Additional reporting by Christine Bohan

Originally published 5.54pm

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