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Brian McIlhagga murder: Three men arrested over masked gang killing in Ballymoney

Three men have been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymoney last week.

Detectives from Serious Crime Branch arrested the three men aged 24, 41 and 48 in the town and they have have been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station for questioning.

Mr McIlhagga's funeral took place at the weekend

The 42-year-old was killed by a masked gang outside a house at Riverview Park in Ballymoney just before 10.30pm last Monday.

The funeral service took place at the family home on Cromkill Road.

The father-of-five, from Ballymena, had been beaten and shot in the leg.

Despite resuscitation efforts by neighbours, he died at the scene.

Police said he had suffered a "sustained and vicious attack".

Mr McIlhagga had been visiting his girlfriend at the time.

She was beaten in the attack and needed hospital treatment for her injuries. Three men arrested in connection with the murder have all been released unconditionally.

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