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Sunday 23 July 2017

Police find dissident republican arms cache

Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of items recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: PSNI/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the PSNI of items recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: PSNI/PA Wire

Michael McHugh

Police have uncovered what is believed to be a significant dissident republican arms hide in Co Armagh.

A bomb was still being dealt with in Lurgan late last night and three firearms were also recovered.

An item recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered by police in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: Michael McHugh/PA Wire
An item recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered by police in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

The weapons find was made in a wooded area and follows a number of recent seizures.

Police found constituent parts of homemade explosives, improvised mortars, launchers and a number of pipe bombs; three firearms, a variety of ammunition and a Taser stun gun.

PSNI Detective Superintendent Karen Baxter said: "We consider this to be a significant and successful find.

"It has made communities safer and it has undoubtedly saved lives."

Items recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered by police in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: PSNI/PA Wire
Items recovered from a dissident republican weapons hide which was discovered by police in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: PSNI/PA Wire

Some of the items were ready for use and others were in an advanced state of preparedness.

Det Supt Baxter said detectives believed one of the finds was a "fully constructed explosive device".

The weapons were close to a derelict house near the railway line between Belfast and Portadown in Co Armagh.

Det Supt Baxter said: "It has all the hallmarks of violent dissident republican activity."

Irish Independent

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