The murder investigation was launched when a woman died after being pulled from a burning car

A murder investigation was launched in Northern Ireland after a woman died shortly after being pulled from a burning car on Tuesday morning.

Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Major Investigation Team have arrested a man in connection with the death.

Around 5.40am on Tuesday police received a report of a burning car outside a house in the Quarry Road area of Knockloughrim in Co Derry.

Det Chief Insp John Caldwell said officers and emergency services attended the scene, where the woman, who was in her 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of the hospital staff, he gave up and died at the hospital tonight,” he said.

“A 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was also taken to hospital for treatment for burn injuries.

“My investigation is in the early stages and I will appeal to anyone who was just early on Quarry Road this morning and saw anything to contact the detectives.”

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