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Jean McConville murder: Pensioner arrested by police

Jean McConville and family
Widow Jean McConville left behind 10 children when she was abducted and murdered

A 77-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating the abduction and murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville.

The mother-of-ten was taken by the IRA from her flat in December 1972.

The 37-year-old, who became known as one of the Disappeared, was held at one or more houses before being shot.

Her body was recovered on a beach in County Louth in August 2003. The man who was arrested is being questioned by police in Antrim.

The Disappeared are those who were abducted, murdered and secretly buried by republicans during the Troubles.

The IRA admitted in 1999 that it murdered and buried at secret locations nine of the Disappeared.

The Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains was established in 1999 by a treaty between the British and Irish governments.

It lists 16 people as "disappeared". Despite extensive searches, the remains of seven of them have not been found.

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