THE man who ordered the murder of IRA chief Jock Davison has been shot dead in east Belfast tonight, Wednesday, August 12.
Two gunmen ambushed Kevin McGuigan and raked him with rounds from automatic rifles in Comber Court in the Short Strand.
The scene of the shooting has now been sealed off for forensic examination.
McGuigan had been the chief suspect for the murder of Davison who was gunned down in the Markets District in May as he collected his paper.
Detectives arrested McGuigan for the murder but he was later released without charge.
However, he remained the prime suspect for the murder.
The gun – a Russian officer’s Makarov pistol – was used in the killing and has never been found.
Police believe it was part of a batch smuggled into Dublin and then used by criminals to execute Davison.
McGuigan had a longstanding grudge against Davison after he had him kneecapped for terrorising neighbours in the Short Strand.
Last week, a group calling themselves Action Against Drugs, vowed to avenge Jock Davison’s murder.