Northern Ireland prison officer killed in motorway shooting

Posted Nov 1, 2012 by Steve Hayes
David Black, a Northern Ireland prison officer, was shot and killed as he drove along the M1 motorway between Portadown and Lurgan at 07.30 this morning.
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness.
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, the attack was carried out by dissident Republicans. However, no organisation has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Mr Black was driving along the M1 when a car with a Dublin number plate drew alongside and a gunman opened fire. According to BBC News, the gunman fired a number of shots before Mr Black's car veered off the road into a ditch. It is not known whether Mr Black died of the gunshot wounds or as a result of the crash.
The Guardian explains the ambush of Mr Black as an attempt to de-stablise the power-sharing agreement between the Loyalists and the Republicans.
Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, have issued a joint statement, condemning the attack. They said:
People who work for the Prison Service play a crucial role in our community and any attack on them is an attack on all of us.
Actions like this have no place in society and those who carried out this murder have nothing positive to contribute.
We refuse to let the people behind this attack divert us from building a better and peaceful future for everyone.
The shooting comes within hours of Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, warning that the threat from dissident Republicans in Northern Ireland remains severe.