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Gardaí target 40 Isil threats

Extremists blamed for Turkey bombing that killed 10 tourists

Paul Williams

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

A newly formed, heavily armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) is to be assigned to Dublin as a direct response to the growing security threat. Stock picture
A newly formed, heavily armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) is to be assigned to Dublin as a direct response to the growing security threat. Stock picture

UP to 40 individuals identified as either Islamic State supporters or jihadi fighters are being monitored by Garda and Army intelligence units, the Irish Independent has learned.

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Sources have said the majority of the suspects under surveillance are involved in recruiting and providing logistic support to the extremist terror group. A small number of jihadi fighters living here have also been secretly prevented from leaving the country.

The revelation that dozens of potential Isil sympathisers are based here came as Turkish authorities said a member of Isil was behind yesterday's suicide bombing in Istanbul that killed 10 tourists and brought terror to the streets of the city.

The Irish Independent can also reveal a newly formed, heavily armed Regional Support Unit (RSU) is to be assigned to Dublin as a direct response to the growing security threat. It is understood the new, high-visibility special weapons and tactics unit will have 60 members.

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