Cross border murder search intensifies

Garda Armed Support Unit officers observe the area outside the house where fugitive Kieran McLaughlin was thought to be in hiding.  (NewpsixIrl)
Garda Armed Support Unit officers observe the area outside the house where fugitive Kieran McLaughlin was thought to be in hiding. (NewpsixIrl)
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Gardai remain in Iskaheen this afternoon as the search for Derry man Kieran McLaughlin enters a second day.

Sources on the ground say it’s believed the 58 year old, who’s wanted in connection with the shooting dead of Barry McCrory on Thursday, had been hiding out at a house in the area but fled the scene before armed gardai arrived.

The house at the centre of the search had been surrounded until shortly after 4am when it emerged the property was empty. However gardai are currently still focusing their efforts on an area within a two mile radius of the house.

A Garda spokesperson said they had not been instructed to issue a warning to people living in the area but a PSNI warning not to approach McLaughlin is still in place. In what’s also thought to be part of the cross border manhunt, The PSNI are currently carrying out searches in the Hazelbank and Ballymagroarty areas on a number of back roads leading to the border with the help of the police helicopter.