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Fourth man arrested over David Black murder

A man has been detained by detectives investigating the murder of the Northern Ireland prison officer last week.

Image: PSNI

A FOURTH MAN has been arrested in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black on the M1 motorway in Northern Ireland last week.

The 46-year-old man was arrested in the Lurgan area this morning and was taken by officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland to the Antrim serious crime suite where he is being questioned.

He is the fourth man to be arrested in connection with the death of 52-year-old Black who was driving to work last Thursday morning when his car was ambushed.

A 31-year-old man and a 44-year-old man, who has been named widely as the republican Colin Duffy, were also detained in Lurgan last week but were released without charge on Monday.

A third man was detained by Gardaí in Leitrim but was released without charge on Monday evening.

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 Black.

His 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.

Black was laid to rest in Cookstown in Northern Ireland yesterday.

Earlier: Two men arrested in David Black murder probe released without charge

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