Murder investigation WILL take place into death of prison officer

"A decent man": Adrian Ismay who was murdered by terrorists
"A decent man": Adrian Ismay who was murdered by terrorists

The PSNI have announced that they are treating the death of prison officer Adrian Ismay as murder.

Mr Adrian Ismay was on his way to work on Friday, March 4, when the device exploded under his blue van in East Belfast.

He passed away yesterday after suffering a heart attack.

Republican dissidents claimed the attack.

In a statement, a PSNI spokesperson said: "Following the death of Adrian Ismay and subsequent post mortem examination, Detectives from Serious Crime Branch have today launched a murder investigation. 

"The PM concluded that  Mr Ismay died as a direct result of the injuries sustained during the explosion of the under car device on his vehicle on Friday 4 March.

"Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell said: 'Today is yet another difficult day for the Ismay family, his friends and colleagues as they struggle to come to terms with the events of the past 12 days. We have spoken to the family this morning and advised them of this development. We are also liaising with the Public Prosecution Service in relation to the individual who is currently charged with attempted murder and causing an explosion with intent to endanger life.

"DCI Campbell concluded: “This has been treated as a significant Serious Crime investigation from the outset and will continue as such.  I would reiterate my appeal from yesterday about the two vehicles we believe were involved in this murder. The cars were a red Citroen C3 with registration SKZ6662 and a silver Skoda Fabia with registration KFZ2352. Anyone with information should contact detectives on the Non-Emergency 101 number or anonymously through the Crimestoppers Charity 0800 555 111'."