Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Three held over loyalist Bobby Moffett's murder

Bobby Moffett (44) was murdered on the Shankill Road in an area crowded with shoppers

Police were questioning three men last night over the murder of a top loyalist, Bobby Moffett, in a packed shopping street.

Moffett, understood to be a member of the Red Hand Commando (RHC) terror group, was gunned down in Belfast's Shankill Road in front of dozens of shocked bystanders.

Police arrested a 35-year-old man tonight in connection with the killing.

Detectives were already questioning two men aged 25 and 31 who were both arrested earlier today.

A fourth man aged 49, arrested on Friday night, was released this morning.

All the men were arrested in the Belfast area.

Moffett, 43, was shot a number of times in the face by two masked gunmen in an assassination blamed on renegade elements within the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) - a mainstream paramilitary group with historic ties to the RHCs.

It is understood Friday's murder was linked to a personal dispute.

Police described the shooting as "a cold-blooded, ruthless killing".

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