Authorities Nab Suspect Latest Northern Ireland Killing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

DUBLIN (AP) - Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.

Police said Saturday the 26-year-old man was being questioned about the shooting of Tommy Crossan.

Local residents say that gunmen escorted the 43-year-old Crossan to a fuel depot on Friday and shot him in the head and body at close range. Residents say a Catholic priest was called to give him the last rites.

No group has claimed responsibility, but police and politicians accused Crossan's former group, the Continuity IRA, of following through on 2011 death threats against him.

No group claimed responsibility. Police and politicians blamed Crossan's former group, the Continuity IRA, of following through on 2011 death threats against him. The Continuity IRA accused him of keeping money from robberies and providing information on colleagues to British intelligence agents. Crossan denied this and refused to flee his native Catholic west Belfast.

The major IRA faction, the Provisionals, renounced violence in 2005 but other militant groups remain active. Their last killing was in October.


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