New IRA faction claims Northern Ireland killing, says guard slain as part of prison protest

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — A new Irish Republican Army faction has claimed responsibility for its first killing. The group, which calls itself simply the IRA, says in the statement Monday its members shot to death 52-year-old David Black this month because he worked as a guard at Northern Ireland’s high-security Maghaberry prison. About 40 members of IRA factions are imprisoned there. The inmates have protested for more than a year against a policy of strip-searching them in search of weapons, drugs and cell phones. Black was shot as he drove to work Nov. 1. His car plunged off a highway into a ravine. The new faction says it represents a merger of three IRA splinter groups hostile to Northern Ireland’s peace process. It describes the killing as punishment for the “degradation” of its prisoners.

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