A detective in the Irish police force has been shot dead in an attempted robbery near Dundalk in County Louth, the Garda Siochana said.

The officer, named as Det Garda Adrian Donohoe, was shot at the Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan at about 21:30 GMT on Friday.

It is believed Mr Donohoe was one of two detectives on escort duty when an attempted robbery took place.

Police are looking for four men in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Passat.

The area has been sealed off while police attempt to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting and the Police Service of Northern Ireland has been informed.

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