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Third arrest in connection with murder of former IRA commander

Murdered: Gerard Davison
Murdered: Gerard Davison

A third man has been arrested in connection with the murder of ex-IRA commander Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

The Police Service Northern Ireland confirmed the third individual, a 38-year-old man, was arrested last night. 

It follows the arrest of a 27-year-old man yesterday morning. He was begin detained by police but has since been discharged. 

A 41-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday but was released later the same day without charge. 

Davison, an-IRA commander, was gunned down early on Tuesday morning in the Markets area of Belfast city. 

It is understood grandfather and father-of-three Mr Davison, 47, had been making his way to a community centre where he worked when he was attacked.

He was shot a number of times while walking along Welsh Street in the staunchly-republican Markets area close to the city centre.

As the IRA officer commanding in Belfast, he was one of the best-known republican figures in the city.

He backed Sinn Fein's peace process strategy following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and was employed with the Markets Development Association as a community worker.

He was allegedly involved in the fight that led to the death of Belfast man Robert McCartney in January 2005 and was among three IRA members expelled following an internal investigation in the wake of the death. He was questioned by police but released without charge.