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Man held in Bahrain over the death of NI journalist

By Staff Reporter

Police in Bahrain have made an arrest in the investigation into the death of a Northern Ireland journalist and public relations expert, it is understood.

A source said a man had been detained after Austin Hunter (64) was knocked down and killed in a road accident in the Middle East country.

The Co Tyrone-born father-of-two was on business in the Arab state when the incident happened on Saturday.

In a career spanning 45 years, Mr Hunter held a range of influential jobs in media and public relations.

A former editor of the Belfast News Letter, Mr Hunter also worked as a broadcast journalist for BBC Northern Ireland during the height of the Troubles.

In recent years he worked overseas as a media consultant for Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas (NI-CO) - an organisation that sends local experts to advise state bodies abroad. He was on assignment with NI-CO in Bahrain when the collision occurred.

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