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Kevin McGuigan murder: Man charged with firearms offence

Kevin McGuigan with his grandson Ollie, who was in hospital in 2011 (PASNI/PA)
Kevin McGuigan with his grandson Ollie, who was in hospital in 2011 (PASNI/PA)
Sean Kelly was questioned by police but released unconditionally
IRA man Sean Kelly is greeted by his mother on his release from the Maze prison in Belfast after being freed from his sentence for killing nine people in the 1993 Shankill bombing

A 53-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of a former IRA member has been charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Kevin McGuigan, a father of nine, was gunned down in east Belfast in a suspected feud between former IRA members.

The accused will appear at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Detectives have made a series of arrests in the wake of the murder last week.

The latest saw a 26-year-old man detained in Co Antrim today. A 49-year-old man arrested earlier today remains in police custody.

Three other men - including IRA Shankill bomber Sean Kelly - and a woman have been released unconditionally.

Mr McGuigan, 53, was hit a number of times at point-blank range in front of his wife Dolores outside their home in Comber Court in the republican Short Strand last Wednesday.

He was suspected by some in the republican movement of involvement in the murder of former IRA leader Gerard "Jock" Davison in the nearby Markets area of Belfast three months ago.

There has been widespread speculation that his killing was a revenge attack by Mr Davison's one-time republican associates.

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