Man arrested over Belfast murder

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Belfast.

Ex-Continuity IRA figure Tommy Crossan, 43, was gunned down at a fuel depot in the grounds of an industrial complex in full view of surrounding houses yesterday.

The PSNI said the man, 26, was arrested in west Belfast by officers from its Serious Crime Branch and is being questioned at a police station in Antrim.

A priest attended to pray over Crossan after he was shot in West Belfast, an area long known as a republican heartland but which has been relatively peaceful in recent years following the end of the IRA campaign in 1998.

Crossan was once the CIRA’s Belfast leader but was believed to be the subject of a death threat and had been expelled from the group some years ago after a fall out.

He served time in prison for conspiracy to murder RUC officers following a gun attack on a police station in West Belfast in 1998.

The North's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness condemned the fatal shooting.

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