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Son of murdered prison officer says terrorists 'offering only pain and misery'

Prison officer David Black
Prison officer David Black
Kyle Black
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

The son of a prisoner officer killed by dissident republicans in November 2012 has said that those behind the weekend car bomb attack "offer only pain, misery and devastation".

Kyle Black's father David was shot dead as he drove along the M1 to work at Maghaberry Prison.

His car was riddled with bullets in the ambush near Portadown.

Days after the murder the New IRA claimed responsibility, and now that group has been blamed for the weekend car bomb outside Bishop Street Courthouse.

Kyle said: "It's an appalling and senseless act of terrorism. Thankfully, nobody was hurt due to swift action by the PSNI.

"These criminals are nothing but a burden on our community and a stain on society.

"They have nothing to offer, only pain, misery and devastation."

Father-of-two Mr Black (52) from Cookstown was the first prison officer to be murdered by terrorists here in almost 20 years.

His son had said the family still hold out hope that someday someone will be held accountable for the murder.

He was speaking after the trial of Damien McLaughlin (41), accused of aiding and abetting the murder of Mr Black, collapsed last June.

The New IRA also claimed responsibility for the murder of prison officer Adrian Ismay in east Belfast in March 2016.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton blamed the dissident group for being behind violence in Derry last July which saw six consecutive nights of trouble.

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