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Two men arrested in David Black murder probe released without charge

The two men were arrested last week in connection with the killing of the 52-year-old prison officer last Thursday morning.

David Black
David Black
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TWO MEN WHO were arrested by police in Northern Ireland investigating the death of prison officer David Black in Armagh last week have been released without charge.

A 31-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, who has been named widely as the republican Colin Duffy, were detained in Lurgan last week just a few miles from where Black died after his car was ambushed on the M1 motorway.

The two men were released unconditionally by the Police Service of Northern Ireland last night.

Black, a long-serving prison officer, was ambushed on the motorway as he drove to work at the Maghaberry Prison last Thursday morning.

A third man was arrested in Leitrim by Gardaí on Friday and he is still being held for questioning.

PSNI officers investigating the case have appealed for anyone who saw the car used by the killers in the days before the shooting to come forward.

The car is a dark blue Toyota Camry with the registration number 94 D 50997. It was found burnt out less than an hour after the shooting of David Black.

The 52-year-old’s killing has been widely condemned by leaders in the North and in the Republic with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton adding words of condemnation in a statement issued over the weekend.

Read: Hillary Clinton calls killing of David Black “outrageous and cowardly act”

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