Tensions rise after senior Republican is shot dead in N. Ireland

A 26-year-old male suspect was arrested shortly afterwards and is being questioned at a police station in Antrim.

Tensions rise after senior Republican is shot dead in N. Ireland

World Bulletin / News Desk

Police in Northern Ireland have launched an investigation after a Republican dissident leader was gunned down on Friday evening.

Former IRA senior member Tommy Crossan, 43, was killed in the capital Belfast at a fuel depot in a residential area.

A 26-year-old male suspect was arrested shortly afterwards and is being questioned at a police station in Antrim.

Meanwhie, the killing was condemned by Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson, who urged anyone with information to come forward.

Although such incidents have occured on rare occassions in Northern Ireland in the past decade, political and religious tensions between Roman Catholics and Protestant communities have been rising as of late.

While Catholics tend to support the union of Northern Ireland, which has remained as British territory since the colonial period, with the Republic of Ireland, Protestants generally consider themselves to be Loyalists to the United Kingdom.

Up to 3,600 people are believed to have died in decades of violence between the two groups.

 

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