Two men arrested in connection with 2009 Derry murder

Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 38-year-old man in Derry last year.

Convicted drug dealer Jim McConnell was shot by two masked men in his home in Woodland Avenue in February 2009.

The men who have been arrested are aged 42 and 44 and have been taken to Antrim police station for questioning.

The 42-year-old is also being held on suspicion of being a member of a prescribed organisation, believed to be the Irish National Liberation Army.

The INLA admitted responsibility for killing Mr McConnell claiming he had been involved in the drugs trade last year.

In October 2009, the Irish National Liberation Army announced that its "armed struggle" was over and said its objective of a "32-county socialist republic" would be best achieved through exclusively peaceful means.