Northern Ireland

Kevin Kearney murder: Man released by police

Kevin Kearney
Image caption Kevin Kearney, a father of four, was shot dead by dissident republicans last month

Police have released a 33-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the murder of a man shot dead by dissident republicans in north Belfast.

The body of 46-year-old Kevin Kearney was found in a lake in Alexandra Park, off Antrim Road, on 9 October.

The father-of-four, from Dunmore Road in north Belfast, had gone missing the previous day while walking his dog.

A man was arrested in north Belfast on Monday morning but he was later released unconditionally.

Mr Kearney went missing on 8 October, shortly after he left his daughter off at school, returned home and took his dogs for a walk in Alexandra Park.

Shortly after the killing, the Irish News reported that it received a statement from a dissident republican group calling itself "the IRA" that claimed it had killed Mr Kearney.

In July 2012, a new paramilitary group styling itself "the IRA" is believed to have been formed from an amalgamation of previously disparate dissident republican organisations.

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