Man arrested over Red Hand Commando murder

A 31-year-old man was arrested today by police investigating the murder of a top loyalist on a packed Belfast shopping street.

A 31-year-old man was arrested today by police investigating the murder of a top loyalist on a packed Belfast shopping street.

Bobby Moffett, 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.

Police arrested the man in the Belfast area this morning.

This comes after a 49-year-old man arrested for questioning by police on Friday was released unconditionally earlier today.

Moffett, 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 Friday’s murder was linked to a personal dispute.

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

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