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Belfast man arrested over gun slaying of former IRA commander in Irish republican district

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Northern Ireland police say they have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of involvement in the killing of one of Belfast's senior Irish Republican Army veterans.

PHOTO: Police and ambulance crews at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Markets area of South Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where former senior IRA man Gerard ``Jock’’ Davison was gunned down early Tuesday outside his home.  Davison was a Belfast IRA commander when he allegedly ordered IRA comrades in 2005 to kill Robert McCartney, in a killing which prompted relatives to seek justice and is widely seen as an act which eventually helped spur the IRA to renounce violence. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Police and ambulance crews at the scene of a fatal shooting in the Markets area of South Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, where former senior IRA man Gerard ``Jock’’ Davison was gunned down early Tuesday outside his home. Davison was a Belfast IRA commander when he allegedly ordered IRA comrades in 2005 to kill Robert McCartney, in a killing which prompted relatives to seek justice and is widely seen as an act which eventually helped spur the IRA to renounce violence. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Detectives declined to provide other details on the man arrested Wednesday in Belfast. Under the terms of British anti-terror legislation, he can be questioned for up to 48 hours before being charged, released or subject to a judge-approved extension of his detention.

An unidentified gunman on Tuesday shot to death Gerard "Jock" Davison as he walked through the Markets, an Irish Catholic neighborhood in south-central Belfast that for decades has been a power base for rival IRA factions. The 47-year-old Davison had been the local commander of the dominant Provisional IRA faction, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005. No group claimed responsibility.

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