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  • 5 February 2014, 8:46

David Black: Man Charged With Murdering Officer

A man has been charged with murdering prison officer David Black who was shot while driving on a motorway in Northern Ireland.

Mr Black was targeted on the M1 in County Armagh as he drove to work at Maghaberry high security prison in Co Antrim in November 2012.

The 33-year-old suspect has also been charged with possessing a firearm with the intent to endanger life.

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father of two, was the 31st member of the prison service to be killed in Northern Ireland - the first such murder in nearly 20 years.

The man was detained on Tuesday in the Lurgan area of Co Armagh.

He will appear in court in Craigavon later.

Mr Black lived in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and the Toyota Camry car used in his killing was later found burnt out in Lurgan.

Two other men, one in Northern Ireland and one in the Republic of Ireland, face charges linked to the purchase and movement of the Toyota Camry.

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