Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Man held over Black murder released

Prison officer David Black was shot dead on the M1 motorway in Co Armagh
Prison officer David Black was shot dead on the M1 motorway in Co Armagh

A man arrested in the Republic over the murder of Northern Ireland prison officer David Black has been released.

The 29-year-old was questioned from last Friday night after being detained in Carrigallen, Co Leitrim.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The release came on the eve of Mr Black's funeral in Cookstown in Mid Ulster.

The 52-year-old was the first prison officer murdered by Northern Ireland paramilitaries for almost 20 years.

A married father of two, he was gunned down by suspected dissident republicans during a high-speed motorway ambush last Thursday as he drove to work at high-security Maghaberry prison in Co Antrim.

Three people have been arrested, and later released, on both sides of the border in connection with the murder.

On Sunday, high-profile republican Colin Duffy, 44, and a second man aged 31 were unconditionally released from police custody in Lurgan, Co Armagh, a few miles from where Mr Black was ambushed on the M1.

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