Andrew Allen murder probe - man released without charge

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A man being questioned by detectives probing the murder of Andrew Allen in 2012 has been released without charge. The man, aged in his forties, was arrested in Co. Donegal on Wednesday morning and was held at Buncrana Garda station.

Andrew Allen was killed two years ago, on February 9, 2012 at Links View Park Buncrana.

The 24-year-old father of two from the Waterside in Derry was shot through a window.

The killing was claimed by Republican Action Against Drugs, who said their ‘Donegal unit’ was responsible for murdering Mr Allen, who was gunned down in front of his partner at her home at Links View. Relatives insisted he had not been aware of a threat from that group.

This week a garda inspector told the media that the investigation had “progressed steadily”, with more than 500 lines of enquiry resulting in the taking of close to 200 statements to date.

He said that while a small number of people carried out the murder, a dozen people may have been involved in the crime, providing guns, clothing, cars and helping the perpetrators escape.

The latest arrest was the third made during the investigation. It is understood that all three men are from Derry.

A Garda spokesman today confirmed the man was released last night without charge. A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.