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'The IRA' claim responsibility for the murder of David Black

In a statement issued by the group the killing was carried out because of “torture and degradation” of dissident prisoners at Maghaberry jail.

A NEW DISSIDENT republican organisation calling itself ‘The IRA’ has claimed responsibility for the murder of prison officer, David Black.

According to a statement issued by the group and seen by the Belfast newspaper The Irish News, the killing was carried out because of “torture and degradation” of dissident prisoners and in “direct response” to tensions at Maghaberry jail.

The 52-year-old is the first person to be killed by the group since they formed in July.

The father of two was fatally shot as he drove to work at Maghaberry jail when a car with Dublin registration plates pulled up alongside his on Northern Ireland’s main M1 motorway and opened fire. His car veered off the road and into a deep ditch, and he died at the scene.

The PSNI have arrested four men in connection with the murder of Mr Black, but all have been released without charge.

Read: Murdered prison officer’s funeral takes place today >

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