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Two men arrested in connection with dissident killing of Kevin Kearney in north Belfast

Kevin Kearney (46) was shot dead at Alexandra Park last month

Two men have been arrested over the dissident republican murder of north Belfast man Kevin Kearney.

The 46-year-old was gunned down in broad daylight as he walked his two dogs through Alexandra Park in north Belfast on October 8.

His body was found floating in a lake in the park a day later.

Two men - aged 22 and 34 - were arrested in the north of the city on Wednesday morning.

Police have said they will also be interviewed about an incident in a social club in Ardoyne on October 14 in which dissident republican threats were made to a number of people.

Kevin Kearney, from nearby Dunmore Avenue, was known to police for previous offending and officers had been exploring a possible drugs link as motive for the apparent vigilante attack.

Several weeks on from the murder, which was claimed by a group styling itself as the "IRA", the detective leading the investigation had said officers wanted to know more about a Vortex Scorpion bike they believe could have been used.

A burned out car found in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on the day of the murder is also being potentially linked to the crime.

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