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Man held in lake body murder probe

A 39-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a father-of-four in Belfast.

Kevin Kearney's body was discovered dumped in a lake in the north of the city on Wednesday afternoon. The 46-year-old, from Dunmore Avenue, had been shot.

Police have yet to attribute blame but a dissident republican grouping calling itself the "IRA" has claimed responsibility for the death, which happened less than 24 hours before another man, Barry McCrory, 35, was shot dead in Londonderry.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the suspect had been detained in west Belfast by officers from the serious crime branch earlier today. He has been taken to the serious crime suite in Antrim for further questioning.

Mr Kearney's family raised the alarm when he failed to return home from walking his dogs in Alexandra Park.

He had been known to the police for previous offending.

Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, the officer leading the inquiry, described his killing as "cold-blooded and callous".

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