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Apr 19, 11:58 AM EDT

Northern Ireland police arrest man over murder of ex-Belfast leader of Continuity IRA faction

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DUBLIN (AP) -- Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man for questioning about the killing of a senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner.

Police said Saturday the 26-year-old man was being questioned about the shooting of Tommy Crossan.

Local residents say that gunmen escorted the 43-year-old Crossan to a fuel depot on Friday and shot him in the head and body at close range. Residents say a Catholic priest was called to give him the last rites.

No group has claimed responsibility, but police and politicians accused Crossan's former group, the Continuity IRA, of following through on 2011 death threats against him.

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