Thursday 22 March 2018

PSNI hold third man for questioning in Kerr death

Connla Young

Three men are now being questioned in relation to the murder of of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr following the arrest last night of a 33-year-old man in Omagh.

Police were earlier given five extra days to question two men, aged 26 and 40, who were arrested this week in connection with the car-bomb killing a week ago today.

The developments came as thousands of people prepare to attend a 'Walk for Peace' in Omagh tomorrow to mark the death of Mr Kerr.

The idea for the walk grew out of a website set up in memory of the PSNI man, killed last Saturday when a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh.

Although no organisation has claimed responsibility, the attack is believed to have been carried out by dissident republicans.

One of the organisers, Barry Brown, said the walk would be non-party political and similar gatherings would be held in Belfast; Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh; and in London's Hyde Park.

Mr Brown said: "There will be no banners on the parade and no organisations taking part, it will just be ordinary people standing in solidarity with Ronan's family."

He added that local people were still numb with shock. "We want to stand united in shock and grief with the family of Ronan Kerr and to show our unity and solidarity, saying to the small minority in our communities who believe that terrorism and violence have a place in our society today, 'It has gone on for too long'. We have come too far to let these people drag us back to the dark days of our past," he said.

Organisers expect between 6,000 and 10,000 people to take part in tomorrow's marches and those attending are being asked to wear white ribbons to symbolise their desire for peace.

Irish Independent

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