Paramilitary group calling itself the IRA claim responsibility for Black murder

A new republican paramilitary group calling itself the IRA is claiming responsibility for the murder of prison officer David Black earlier this month.

Paramilitary group calling itself the IRA claim responsibility for Black murder

A new republican paramilitary group calling itself the IRA is claiming responsibility for the murder of prison officer David Black earlier this month.

In a statement released to the Irish News in Belfast the group say the killing was in direct response to the conditions in Maghaberry Prison, where Mr Black worked.

Fifty two-year-old father of two David Black was shot dead on the M1 in Co Armagh on November 1 as he drove to work.

Today a newly formed republican paramilitary group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for the killing.

In a statement the group said it is a successor to the provisional IRA which disbanded after the Belfast agreement in 1998.

The new organisation is a coalition of dissident groups formed earlier this year.

It said the killing was a direct response to what it said was the degradation of Republican Prisoners at Maghaberry, where nationalists have been protesting against strip searches.

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