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Third arrest over murder of prison officer David Black

Gardaí arrested a man in Leitrim this evening in connection with the killing of 52-year-old prison officer David Black.

Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

A THIRD MAN has been arrested in connection with the murder of David Black, the 52-year-old prison officer who was shot on his way to work in Armagh yesterday morning.

Gardaí in Leitrim this evening arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the murder. The man is being detained in Carrick-on-Shannon Garda Station under the Offences Against the State Act.

Police in Northern Ireland arrested two men in the early hours of this morning in connection with the case.

The shooting of the prisoner officer who worked at Maghaberry Prison was condemned by members of the government in both Dublin and in Stormont.

The Senior Investigating Officer in the case Superintendent Keith Agnew said the PSNI will do its best to ensure the killers are brought before the courts.

“I welcome the universal condemnation there has been from right across our community in response to David’s murder,” he said. “I am sure it is of comfort to his family at this difficult time”.

“But condemnation, however strident, is not enough. My team of detectives need condemnation to be translated into information if our investigation is to make maximum progress”.

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.  The car was found burnt out less than an hour after the shooting of David Black.

The killing was one of the main issues discussed by the Taoiseach and Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the North South Ministerial Council meeting held this afternoon.

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