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Gardaí investigating dissident republicans arrest two in David Black murder probe

The arrests were made following a number searches in Leitrim and Cavan today.

Black was gunned down in a high-speed motorway ambush as he drove to work at Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.
Black was gunned down in a high-speed motorway ambush as he drove to work at Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.
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TWO SUSPECTED DISSIDENT republicans have been arrested by gardaí investigating the murder of prison officer David Black last year.

The arrests were made following a number searches in Leitrim and Cavan today. The two men, aged 51 and 34, are currently being held at Garda stations in the Cavan area.

Gardaí say that the searches were carried out as part of an ongoing operation by the special detective unit targeting dissident republicans and in particular their involvement in the murder of David Black.

Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was shot dead when driving from his Cookstown home to work at Maghaberry prison at 7.30am on Thursday 1 November 2012.

Last month, the PSNI had issued a fresh appeal for information on the killing and gave specific details about a dark blue Toyota Camry car with a Republic of Ireland registration which pulled alongside Black and fired a number of shots, fatally injuring him.

Read: Police renew appeal one year on from David Black murder >

Read: Two men arrested over David Black death released >

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