McCrory murder hunt - Major Garda operation in Donegal ends

McCrory murder hunt - Major Garda operation in Donegal ends
A major joint garda/army operation in the Burnfoot area, involving armed gardaí backed up by the Irish army has ended.

A major joint garda/army operation in the Burnfoot area, involving armed gardaí backed up by the Irish army has ended.

As part of the search for Kieran McLaughlin,who is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of a man in Derry city on Thursday, gardaí sealed off the premises last night but a search found it to be unoccupied.

Gardaí confirmed this morning that the operation at the house in Burnfoot ended at about 4am.

Roadblocks had been placed in the area, but these have now been lifted and roads were reopened.

Gardaí searched a house in the Burnfoot area but no one was found.

The operation began at around 5.30pm on Thursday in the Brae Road area, between Burnfoot and Muff.

It’s understood the PSNI had alerted An Garda Siochana as part of their quest to locate a man in relation to their enquiries into a fatal shooting.

The PSNI had taken the unusual step of issuing a photograph of a 58-year-old Derryman, Kieran McLaughlin, who they want to talk to about the murder. Mr McCrory, who was 35, was shot dead at a flat in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning.