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Man arrested over Nairac killing


British Army officer Robert Nairac was murdered in 1977.

A 57-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the murder of British Army officer Robert Nairac.

Captain Nairac, an SAS-trained officer, was abducted by the IRA in Jonesborough County Armagh, on 14 May, 1977.

The 29-year-old was taken across the border and shot. His body has never been found. Six people were convicted for their part in the killing.

The police are in discussions with the US authorities about the possibility of extraditing two other suspects.

Police said the arrested man was being questioned at Antrim police station.

Captain Nairac grew up in Standish, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.

He was a member of the Grenadier Guards who also worked as an undercover intelligence officer.

He was abducted when he visited a pub at Drumintee, south Armagh. He had been in the pub singing rebel songs.

He was seized during a struggle in the pub's car park and taken across the border to a field at Ravensdale, County Louth, and he was later shot dead.

Five of those convicted were from Northern Ireland and one from the Republic.

But police believe three other members of the gang were involved.

It is understood two of them are now living in the United States.

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