Woman arrested over N.Ireland policeman murder

10th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police on Tuesday arrested a woman in connection with the car bomb murder of a Catholic police officer in Northern Ireland last month, the fourth person detained in the investigation.

"Detectives investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr... have this morning arrested a 36-year-old woman in Pomeroy," a village in the British province, a police spokesman said.

Rookie policeman Kerr, 25, was killed in the April 2 bomb attack in the town of Omagh, which was also the site of a 1998 bombing that left 29 people dead.

Three men were arrested last month over the murder. A 33-year-old man has been charged with terrorism-related offences, while the two other men were released without charge.

The killing coincided with the start of campaigning for elections to the province's devolved, power-sharing assembly, a keystone of the peace process, after the legislature survived a full four-year term for the first term.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but it was blamed on dissident republicans trying to knock the election off course.

The poll, held on Thursday, passed off peacefully and voters backed the main parties that share power.

Northern Ireland's three decades of unrest known as The Troubles were largely ended by peace accords in 1998, although violence still flares up occasionally.

The unrest pitted Catholic republicans opposed to rule from London against Protestant unionists.

© 2011 AFP

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