Two arrested by detectives investigating school gate shooting of father

Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of a father outside a school in Belfast.

Jim Donegan, 43, was shot dead as he waited to collect his 13-year-old son from St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School in west Belfast in December.

Detectives said the same killer had been waiting for his victim at the scene five days earlier, but Mr Donegan did not pick up his son that day.

Shooting in West Belfast
Jim Donegan was shot dead as he waited to collect his son from school (Niall Carson/PA)

Suspects aged 53 and 39 were detained at Musgrave police station in Belfast on Friday under anti-terrorism legislation, a PSNI statement said.

Investigators have linked the killing to the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA).

Mr Donegan was gunned down in front of schoolchildren and parents on Tuesday December 4.

He was shot eight times with a semi-automatic handgun.

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