DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Legacy Investigation Branch investigating the murders at Kingsmill in 1976 have arrested a 59-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of 10 men and the attempted murder of one man.
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison, from LIB, said: “The male was arrested in the Newry area today, Friday 5 August, and is currently assisting with enquiries.
“I would also appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the murders at Kingsmill to contact police on 101 or alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The brutal IRA murders are currently the subject of an inquest hearing.
Before it adjourned, the hearing heard that a palm print found at the scene over 40 years ago had now been matched to a suspect.
He is Colm Murphy, a one time senior figure in both the Provisional IRA and Real IRA in north Louth.
But it has also been revealed that publican Murphy had been a long time informant for the British Intelligence Services.
It is claimed the palm print was “buried” for 40 years to protect Murphy’s identity as an high rank British agent.