Clinton condemns 'senseless' M1 murder

Published Saturday, 03 November 2012
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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has strongly condemned what she described as the "senseless murder" of prison officer David Black.

Clinton condemns 'senseless' M1 murder
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reacts to the murder of David Black (© Getty)

Mr Black, a 52-year-old father-of-two from Cookstown, was ambushed by gunmen while driving to work at Maghaberry along the M1 near Lurgan on Thursday morning.

A number of shots were fired at his black Audi A4 from a dark blue Toyota Camry with Dublin-registered number plates, which pulled up alongside.

Mr Black's funeral will take place on Tuesday, police confirmed.

It is widely believed that dissident republicans are behind the attack as they have been engaged in a long-running protest campaign against conditions in Maghaberry.

Mr Black, a long-standing member of the Orange Order, is the 30th prison officer to be murdered in Northern Ireland since 1974 - though the first for almost 20 years.

"There is no justification for this outrageous and cowardly act," Mrs Clinton said.

"I offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Black, who had a long and distinguished record of service."

The United States remains resolute in support of the people of Northern Ireland, who have condemned violence and embraced the path to peace and reconciliation.

Hillary Clinton

Mrs Clinton has been a strong supporter of the Northern Ireland peace process for two decades, along with her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

She applauded "the swift efforts of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to bring the perpetrators to justice".

Three people are being questioned in connection with the attack. Two men aged 44 and 31, including prominent republican Colin Duffy, were detained in the Lurgan area on Friday morning.

A 29-year-old man was later arrested by Gardaí in Co Leitrim.

Meanwhile, a reward of up to £10,000 has been put up for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder. Independent charity Crimestoppers is behind the reward fund.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact the special incident room at Lurgan PSNI station on 028 38 315291 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A book of condolence for Mr Black has been opened at the Burnavon Centre in his hometown of Cookstown.

The murder has been widely condemned by political leaders, including the First and deputy First Minister, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Prime Minister David Cameron.

© UTV News
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Ryan in Belfast wrote (528 days ago):
@Iain in Belfast. Ian, i dont have any "tears" crocodile or otherwise but i do condemm the killing of David Black, it was wrong and definitey shouldnt have happened. Iain, just because i stick the boot into orange sectarian parades demanding to be treated as "special citizens" (like they use to be) and parade by Catholic areas in a sectarian fashion, doesnt mean i am simply pro irish. I've stated many times EVERYONE is entitled to their culture but their not entitled to use it to offend a neighbouring community. I backed up Gerry Kelly because the UTV presenter was digging up the past? Why do that? Why involve something that happened 30 odd years ago? Gerry Kelly condemmed this killing uttery. Iain, one of the main reasons why these dissident republicans have support is because the Nationalist community are witnessing Orange parades getting their way to fluant their culture in a sectarian fashion in catholic areas. If sectarian parades were banned or at least rerouted then there would be next to zero support for dissidents in the Nationalist community.
Linda in NI wrote (528 days ago):
Hilary Clinton and American politicians are such a bunch of hypocrites they have funded IRA terrorists with millions of dollars in the past but put Al Queda in gitmo without trial. Would USA have Al Queda in government i dont think so. Republicans should realise that we all have a right to life and a right to work whether or not that includes a uniform & i mean 'we all' regardless of creed or none. All nice words from USA but they are meaningless to all too many people here.
Tommy Atkins in London,England wrote (529 days ago):
Thank you ESP. You hit the nail on the head, My sentiments exactly!
Iain in Belfast wrote (529 days ago):
Ryan, wipe away your crocodile tears there for a minute. You make me laugh coming ou with your statement about how we should all work together blah blah blah but spend 99.9% of your time sticking the boot into everything that isn't irish. Condemn the killing? No mate, you ranted on about UTV giving Gerry Kelly a hard time.
Ryan in Belfast wrote (529 days ago):
I like Hilary Clinton (and also bill) they have always had a keen interest in Irish politics and Irish-British relations and have done much to support and make the peace process happen. Thats the important thing to remember here, its for ALL the communities to stand together and condemm this killing of david black (which we all have) and also to sit down and talk through our problems or any issues that we may have.
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