Man arrested in connection with murder of loyalist

A man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a top loyalist on a packed Belfast shopping street.

A man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of a top loyalist on a packed Belfast shopping street.

Bobby Moffat, understood to be a member of the Red Hand Commando (RHC) terror group, was gunned down on Belfast’s Shankill Road in front of dozens of shocked bystanders yesterday, including young children, in a merciless lunchtime attack reminiscent of the dark days of the Troubles.

The man, 40, was arrested last night and is being held at the PSNI’s serious crime suite in Antrim.

Moffat, 44, was shot a number of times in the face by two masked gunmen in an assassination that has been blamed on renegade elements within the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) – a mainstream paramilitary group with historic ties to the RHCs.

It is understood the murder was linked to a personal dispute.

Police described the murder as “a cold-blooded, ruthless killing”.

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