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Kingsmills Massacre: Man arrested in Newry

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of 10 Protestant textile workers at Kingsmills 40 years ago.

The 59-year-old was detained in Newry today (Friday).

The arrest was made by the PSNI’s legacy investigation unit.

The Kingsmills Massacre was one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles.

Ten workers were lined up and shot after being ordered off their minibus on January 5, 1976. The single Catholic on the bus was ordered to leave the scene.

Only one man, Alan Black, survived.

A long-awaited inquest only got underway in recent months and was halted after fresh evidence came to light.

Police said the man arrested this morning was currently assisting with enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison appealed for anyone with information in relation to the Kingsmills killings to contact police on 101 or ring the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Danny Kennedy MLA, who represents Newry & Armagh, and who has worked closely with the Kingsmills relatives, said: “The Kingsmills massacre in 1976 shocked not only Northern Ireland but much farther afield. The sectarian massacre of ten Protestant workmen by the IRA remains a stain on south Armagh.

“The families and sole survivor have waited forty years in their pursuit of maximum truth and justice for this brutal and barbaric crime.

“The news that someone has been arrested in connection with Kingsmills must be seen as a potentially positive development. We must now wait and allow the police investigation to take its course.

“It is my sincere hope that the police now have a realistic prospect of mounting a successful prosecution of some of those responsible.”

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