The scene of the attack on the M1 motorway, Northern Ireland officer killed on motorway A prison officer shot dead on a motorway in Northern Ireland has been named as David Black by Justice Minister David Ford. The officer was ambushed on a stretch of the M1 between Portadown and Lurgan, County Armagh, on his way to work at the high security Maghaberry Prison near Lisburn. The long-serving officer from Cookstown, County Tyrone, had more than 30 years' service in the Prison Service and was approaching retirement. The big launch of Microsoft's Surface got off to a rocky start in Beijing after an elderly woman invaded the stage in an attempt to halt proceedings. "The British and Irish Governments, the Executive, the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) and Garda - and above all the people of Northern Ireland - will continue to work together to ensure that those who pursue their aims by violence will not succeed." The shooting represents a major blow for recently-appointed director general Sue McAllister who took over the reins of the organisation earlier this summer. Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, called it an "outrageous murder of a professional prison officer".
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