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Two Arrested Over NI Prison Officer Murder
Two men are being held by police in connection with the murder of prison officer David Black in Northern Ireland - one of them a well-known republican.
Colin Duffy, 44, and another man, aged 31, were arrested in the Lurgan area early this morning and have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime suite for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.
Mr Black, 52, was gunned down on the M1 motorway early on Thursday as he drove to work at the top security Maghaberry jail near Lisburn, County Antrim.
The father-of-two's car veered off the road and into a drainage ditch after the shots were fired. He was on a stretch of the motorway between Portadown and Lurgan - a dissident republican stronghold in County Armagh.
A Toyota Camry used in the attack was later found burned out in the Inglewood area of Lurgan.
Police have blamed dissident republicans opposed to the peace process for the ambush. They have been engaged in a long-running campaign against conditions in Maghaberry.
Mr Black, from Cookstown, County Tyrone, had served in the Prison Service for more than 30 years and was considering early retirement.
His wife and children are said to be "absolutely devastated" by the killing.
A long-standing member of the Orange Order, Mr Black was the 30th prison officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland since 1974, although the first for almost 20 years.
He was driving his black Audi A4 when the dark blue Toyota drew up alongside and several shots were fired. Police believe he may have already been dead when his car veered off the road.
All sides in Northern Ireland have condemned the shooting, along with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers made a statement in the House of Commons on the matter on Friday.
She offered the Government's "profound sympathies" to Mr Black's family and colleagues and said the attack "demonstrated the gravity of the threat that dissident groups continue to pose".
Ms Villiers said the UK remained "vigilant", adding: "The numbers involved in terrorism activities are small but these groupings have the capability and they have lethal intent."
The Northern Ireland Police Service have launched a "meticulous investigation" into the ambush, and officers "will not rest until the attackers have been put behind bars", she told MPs.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the killing of the prison officer was wrong.
He said: "There is no rationale now for the existence of armed groups or for carrying out armed actions in any part of this country.
"Those involved have no popular support or political strategy."
Earlier in the day the shooting was discussed at a north-south meeting in Armagh involving Enda Kenny, Taoiseach of the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
what do you think?
sheep lead buy cowards,,these men if its them will get years inside..all the time the cowards at the top of the tree will say your a martyer for the cause,,its like the bombers who blow there selfs up never see the ones at the top of the tree doing this (WHY) because they have sheep who dont have a mind of there own
What is mcguinness doing at these meetings. If counter strategy was discussed he could leak it to his former associates. How he has come to be in such a position of trust is beyond me. Inmates running asylum.
That's been my thoughts all