MAN ARRESTED OVER IRA MURDERS OF THREE RUC OFFICERS AND A CATHOLIC NUN RELEASED

A 55 year old man arrested in Armagh this morning by detectives from PSNI Legacy Investigation Branch in connection with a 1990 bomb attack that killed three police officers and a Catholic nun has been released pending a report to the PPS.

He was detained this morning as part of a re-opening of the case.

Detective Inspector Deborah Eakin said: “The male was detained in Armagh this morning on suspicion of a number of offences including the murder of three police officers and a Catholic nun in an explosion on the Killylea Road in Armagh on 24 July 1990.

“He has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Musgrave Police Station in Belfast for questioning.”

Following several hours of questioning, he has now been released.

A report will be sent to the PPS who will decide on the evidence gathered by police whether or not to charge him.

Constable William Hanson, Reserve Constable Joshua Willis and Reserve Constable David Sterrit and Sister Catherine Dunne, were killed when a landmine located at a culvert on the Killylea Road Armagh was detonated on the 24th July 1990.

Another woman was also seriously injured in the blast.

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