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Detectives investigating murder of dissident republican arrest 26-year-old

Tommy Crossan, a former member of the Continuity IRA, was shot yesterday in West Belfast.

A police officer patrols the area close to where Crossan was shot dead.
A police officer patrols the area close to where Crossan was shot dead.
Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

A MAN HAS been arrested in connection with the murder of a prominent former member of a dissident republican group.

The incident took place in broad daylight yesterday in West Belfast.

Tommy Crossan, 43, was brought to a fuel depot by a gunman and was shot in the head and body at close range.

Although no group has yet claimed responsibility, it is believed that the Continuity IRA, of which Crossan was a former leader, were behind the shooting.

The group had threatened to kill Crossan in 2011 after he was expelled from the group.

The PSNI said earlier this morning that investigating detectives had arrested a 26-year-old man in connection with the incident.

Read: Former senior member of the Continuity IRA shot dead on street in broad daylight >

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